Former keeper Ceni joins Brazil coaching staff for Copa America

Rio de Janeiro, May 6 (IANS) Record-breaking goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni will be an assistant coach for Brazil during next month’s Copa America, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has said.

Ceni, whose tally of 132 career goals is the highest ever by a goalkeeper, ended his 1,238-match career for Brazilian Serie A giants Sao Paulo last December, reports Xinhua.

The CBF also announced on Thursday that former Atletico Madrid and Middlesbrough midfielder Juninho Paulista will be a part of Dunga’s backroom staff in the lead-up to the June 3-26 tournament in the United States.

Ceni, capped 17 times for Brazil, has made no secret of his desire to pursue a coaching career. Last year Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola accepted a request by the Brazilian to spend several days with the Bundesliga outfit to observe their pre-season training

Dunga has rotated his assistant coaching staff since taking charge of Brazil for a second time after the 2014 World Cup.

–IANS

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