Dunga had been just managing to keep the wolves from the door. The brand of football he imposed on the Brazil national team never pleased the aesthetes. And yet the criticism he encountered remained only dissonant conjecture. So long as the team were winning, as they were for the most part, there was not enough ammunition for Dunga's detractors to shoot him down. The results kept coming, even as he shed fan pleasers like Ronaldinho, Diego, Alexandre Pato and company.