RIO DE JANEIRO: Dorival Junior has been appointed new Brazil coach.

The CBF has confirmed that the 61-year-old is replacing Fernando Diniz who was dismissed last week following the Seleção’s poor start to World Cup qualifying campaign. Brazil are sixth in the South American standings, having suffered three straight losses.

Dorival, who is much-travelled within Brazil but has never worked overseas, guided Flamengo to Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores glory in 2022. He left the club for Sao Paulo, whom he led to their first-ever Copa do Brasil crown last year before recently stepping down to take charge of his country.

“Dorival Junior is the new coach of the men’s national team,” read a CBF statement. “He will be presented at a news conference this Thursday at the CBF headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.”

A defensive midfielder who played for the likes of Gremio and Palmeiras, Dorival has never hidden his desire to coach Brazil. His first test will be a friendly against England at Wembley in March.

Brazil resume their World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Ecuador and away to Paraguay in September.