• Dunga hired again as Brazil soccer coach
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    RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is bringing back Dunga to coach the national team, four years after he was fired from the job.

    Tuesday’s hiring comes two weeks after Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.

    The 50-year-old Dunga is replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week after Brazil failed to win the sport’s premier event on its home soil. The Brazilian federation confirmed the appointment during a news conference at its headquarters in suburban Rio de Janeiro.

    Dunga was the captain of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning team and coached the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was dismissed after Brazil lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.

    “He has shown his capacity to lead the Brazil team, not only in words but also in numbers, that he has all the requisites and the capacity to lead the Brazil team again,” said the federation’s president, Jose Maria Marin. “It was a decision made with the participation of everyone here at this table in a show of unity and total integration aimed at great conquests in the future.”

    Dunga was in charge of 60 matches as national team coach in his first stint. Brazil won 42, lost six and tied 12.

    Dunga came to the job for the first time in 2006 with no management experience. He was criticized for the team’s physical style of play and conservative tactics.

    Liverpool practices at Fenway for friendly

    BOSTON — Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the team is moving on after Luis Suarez was sent to Barcelona for a $130 million transfer fee.

    “He gave everything for Liverpool,” Rodgers said when asked if Suarez had let the club down. “Of course there have been issues, but they’re in the past. He was a brilliant player for us and for me. ... It’s a shame he’s not here. But Liverpool, as a club, is bigger than any one player.”

    The Uruguay national scored 82 goals in 133 Liverpool appearances. But his three years in England were overshadowed by bans for racial abuse and biting. He was suspended for four months by FIFA for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. Suarez cannot join his new team in Spain until after the suspension is over.

    Rodgers also said that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s retirement from the national team “brings an end to a great career.” But it might be beneficial to Liverpool.

    “Liverpool means everything to him,” Rodgers said. “And there’s certainly no doubt missing out on international football means he will be fresher and at his optimum level as often as possible for us.”

    Rodgers spoke at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, before the Reds practiced for Wednesday night’s friendly against A.S. Roma. The 102-year-old baseball stadium was decked out for the game on Tuesday, with the pitch lined up from the third-base line to the right-field stands.

    Balloons with each team’s name rose above the bullpens where the pitchers warm up, and Fenway’s famous Green Monster was covered with banners promoting the soccer match. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the second installment of “Football at Fenway”; the same two teams met in 2012.

    The game between teams from England and Italy will have a local flavor: Liverpool is owned by Red Sox owner John Henry, and Roma is owned by Boston Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta.

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