| RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 11
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 11 Brazil coach Dunga's
head was on the block again on Thursday after a miserable
evening on and off the field for the five-times world champions.
Devoid of ideas and creativity, Brazil were held to a
goalless World Cup qualifying draw at home to a 10-man Bolivia
team which had shipped 16 goals in losing their previous four
Off the field, a paltry crowd estimated at 20,000 watched
the game at the spanking new Joao Havelange stadium, which was
built for last year's Panamercian Games and has a capacity of
just under 40,000.
The dismal attendance was a severe embarrassment for the
Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), which placed a large
emphasis on the country's passion for the sport when making its
successful bid to host the 2014 World Cup.
The low turnout was blamed on a combination of the late kick
off time in a city notorious for its high crime rate, high
ticket prices and disenchantment with Dunga's team.
The cheapest tickets cost 100 reais ($55) and the match
started at the traditional time of 9.50 pm, immediately after
the end of the last of rights-holders Globo television's three
nightly soap operas.
After the match, under-fire Dunga, given a brief respite
after Sunday's 3-0 win in Chile, had to field the questions on
his future with Brazil which have become almost routine in the
last few months.
"I'm going to continue my work, as agreed with the (CBF)
president," he said, repeating almost word for word the answers
he gave after the Olympic team, which he also coached, lost 3-0
to Argentina in the semi-finals in Beijing last month.
"We are going to encounter difficulties, this is normal," he
said. "It's never been easy for Brazil in the World Cup
"In 2001, we qualified in the last match. In 1993, we
qualified in the last match. So it's no bed of roses.
"In the games against Brazil, our opponents mark everyone,
sit back and make our job more difficult."
The media reacted with predictable fury after Brazil barely
created a chance against the table-propping Bolivians.
"No football, no public and no goals," said the influential
daily O Globo, describing the performance as disgraceful.
Brazil are second in the standings but have won only three
of their eight games.
(Writing by Brian Homewood in Buenos Aires)
(Editing by Dave Thompson)