Dunga delights in efficient Brazil
World Cup 2010: Johannesburg
When Dunga held the World Cup trophy aloft as Brazil captain at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on 17 July 1994, it was to the soundtrack of a stream of expletives he was busy hurling in the direction of his country's press.
Dunga - and the team he had captained to glory - had been castigated by the Brazilian media for the negative way in which they had played their football throughout the tournament. In his eyes, winning the trophy justified the means.
His view was not shared by many of his countrymen, either before or after the tournament. They may have won the cup, but it was not how the Brazilians wanted to win it. There was a feeling that Brazil should aspire to more than winning at any cost, at least in the footballing sense.
Fast forward 16 years to this World Cup and it seems Dunga is at it again.
On a curiously cold night in Johannesburg, after watching Portugal and Ivory Coast play out a tame goalless draw and with the tournament desperately needing to spring into life, it seemed as though Brazil's arrival had been timed to perfection.
Forget the perfectly round ball doing imperfect things and the endless debate about vuvuzelas, empty stadiums and transport problems, the five-time champions were here to spread a little sunshine and get the party started.
Only if that was the supposed script, Dunga was not one of its writers. Far from warming the hearts of the freezing masses, his team's performance only gave us another reason to worry about the fate of this World Cup and whether it is ever going to rise out of the mediocrity it appears to have become entrenched in.
It is a big worry that Brazil appear to have come to South Africa simply to win and not entertain. And they might just pull it off. With no-one apart from Germany showing any real quality in the tournament thus far, Dunga will feel his disciplined, unadventurous team has the same chance to take the prize as they did in 1994. If they do not even have to play well to win it, then all the better.
You could even argue that North Korea - ranked 105th in the world - showed as much attacking invention and willingness to get forward as their far more illustrious opponents, the world's number one team.
Time and time again, their tireless number nine Jong Tae-Se threatened the Brazilian backline, linking up with scorer and midfield runner Ji Yun-Nam and giving Lucio and Juan a severe test.
It would have been an upset to rival anything this great competition has mustered had North Korea gone on and won the game. But at least their willingness to have a go when up against the greatest footballing nation on earth made up for the disappointment at seeing such an insipid display from the Samba Kings.
I saw more Honduras supporters outside Ellis Park than North Koreans. But once inside the happy band of North Korean cheerleaders soon became the focus of everyone's attention as, sitting just below the press box, they sang rhythmically and clapped wooden blocks together to let their brave boys know they were there.
Not that anyone back home in Pyongyang is likely to find out. No North Korean journalists were at Ellis Park, while Kim Jong-Il's government has the power to decide whether or not to broadcast any of the World Cup games to the public.
It would be a shame if the North Korean population did not get to see how good their players are and how much it means to them to play for their country. What a contrast there was between the cold, single-minded focus of Dunga and the outpouring of emotion from North Korea striker Jong, who burst into tears during his country's national anthem.
Such sentiment is not for the Brazil boss.
"We have to have quality in attack and defend with efficiency," said the 46-year-old after seeing his side move to within one win of the last 16. "In the first half, we didn't play well. We weren't moving the ball quickly enough. In the second half, it got better but every team has to be efficient during the World Cup."
It is Dunga's constant use of words like "efficient" that so infuriates people back in Brazil who dream of joga bonito and the halcyon days of Garrincha, Pele, Zico, Socrates and all the rest.
But this is not an Eric Cantona advert, it is the World Cup - and Dunga is here to win it. His battles with Brazil's media are already legendary but he will be willing to engage in plenty more confrontations over the next few weeks if he gets to take the trophy back home.
The slogan Lotado! O Brasil inteiro esta aqui Dentro! (The whole of Brazil is in here!) decorates the side of Brazil's team bus in South Africa. It probably already feels like that for the coach with the greatest weight of expectation on his shoulders.