Four years ago he was doing exactly the same thing. The 50-year-old succeeded Luiz Felipe Scolari last month for what will be his second spell in charge of the Selecao.
In 2006 he inherited the side from Carlos Alberto Parreira and went for a blend of youth and experience in his maiden squad, electing to call up five home-based players (Tuesday’s selection included six).
The 1994 world Cup-winning captain was preparing for his debut on the bench against Norway in Oslo and opted for a few tried and trusted faces, including 2002 World Cup-winners Lucio and Gliberto Silva, but he did not reinstall the nucleus of the 2002 squad and left out the majority of those who suffered a World Cup quarter-final defeat to France in 2006.
His first squad of his second spell for the Gillette Brasil Global Tour dates with Colombia and Ecuador next month features just 10 of the 23 that contested World Cup 2014 under Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Eight years ago, PSV’s Heurelho Gomes, who would make it into 2010 World Cup squad, was called up to contest for a place in goal along with Cruzeiro’s Fabio. Just as in 2014, only two goalkeepers were selected.
In defence, Bayer Leverkusen’s Juan joined Lucio, with Luizao and Alex taking the place of reserve central defenders. A young Marcelo, then still at home with Fluminense, received his first call up, competing with Gilberto for a spot at left-back while Maicon and Cicinho contested a starting role on the opposite flank.
There were surprises in midfield, with the likes of world champions Gilberto Silva and Edmilson being joined by the then almost unknown Dudu, who at the time was playing in Russia. He was joined by an inexperienced home-based trio as Flamengo’s Jonatas, Vasco’s Morais and Cruzeiro’s Wagner also made the cut.
CSKA Moscow duo Daniel Carvalho and Vagner Love also received call-ups, while Real Madrid star Robinho and Lyon striker Fred made up the forward line. Just 10 of the 22 made it into Dunga's squad for World Cup 2010.
|Dunga's maiden 2006 squad|
|Gomes (PSV Eindhoven - Netherlands)||Edmilson (Barcelona - Spain)|
|Fabio (Cruzeiro - Brazil)||Elano (Shakahtar Donetsk - Ukraine|
|Juan (Bayer Leverkusen - Germany)||Julio Baptista (Real Madrid - Spain)|
|Lucio (Bayern Munich - Germany)||Jonatas (Flamengo - Brazil)|
|Luisao (Benfica - Portugal)||Morais (Vasco da Gama - Brazil)|
|Alex (PSV Eindhoven - Netherlands)||Wagner (Cruzeiro - Brazil)|
|Cicinho (Real Madrid - Spain)||Dudu Cearense (CSKA - Russia)|
|Maicon (Internazionale - Italy)||Robinho (Real Madrid - Spain)|
|Gilberto (Hertha Berlin - Germany)||Daniel Carvalho (CSKA - Russia)|
|Marcelo (Fluminense - Brazil)||Fred (Lyon - France)|
|Gilberto Silva (Arsenal - England)||Vagner Love (CSKA - Russia)|