Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri (born 31 October 1963 in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul), commonly known as Dunga (pronounced Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdũɡɐ]), is a Brazilian football manager and former professional footballer of Italian and German descent, who played as a defensive midfielder. Under Dunga's captaincy, Brazil went on to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Along with Xavi, he is one of only two men to have played in a World Cup, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and continental championship final. He was head coach of Brazil twice. In his first time from 2006 to 2010, he led them to win the 2007 Copa América and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after which he was dismissed by the Brazilian Football Confederation. Being appointed in 2014 for a second time, the early elimination of Brazil in Copa América Centenario determined his dismissal in June 2016. He was also head coach of Internacional in 2013.
His nickname is derived from the Portuguese translation of "Dopey", a dwarf from the Disney version of the Snow White tale, and was given to him by his uncle due to his short height during his childhood. It was believed that he would be a short adult and the nickname remained in use even after he grew up and became taller. He is of Italian and German descent.Close