SAO PAULO (AP) — Fluminense coach Muricy Ramalho was invited by the Brazilian Football Federation on Friday to head the national team.
Federation president Ricardo Teixeira told the O Globo TV network he offered Ramalho the job in Rio de Janeiro.
Teixeira said Ramalho must first talk with Fluminense to see if he can break the contract he has with the club to the end of the year.
If he accepts, Ramalho will replace Dunga, who was fired days after Brazil lost to the Netherlands in the World Cup quarterfinals in South Africa.
The ESPN website said that at the end of the meeting with Teixeira, Ramalho said: "Who wouldn't want to coach the Brazilian national team?"
Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup.
However, a couple hours later:
SAO PAULO (AP) - Fluminense directors say coach Muricy Ramalho has rejected an offer to take over Brazil and will remain at the Rio club.
The Brazilian soccer federation offered Ramalho the national team job Friday, but the deal was pending an agreement with Fluminense, whose contract with the coach goes until the end of 2012.
Federation president Ricardo Teixeira says Ramalho told him he wanted to coach the national team and agreed with the entity's plan for the 2014 World Cup.
Ugh well it was nice for the HOUR OR SO that it lasted.