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Former keeper Ceni joins Brazil coaching staff for Copa America

Updated: 2016-05-06 10:25

Former keeper Ceni joins Brazil coaching staff for Copa America

Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni of Brazil's Sao Paulo reacts after his team scores against Argentina's San Lorenzo during their Copa Libertadores soccer match in Sao Paulo March 18, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

RIO DE JANEIRO - Record-breaking goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni will fill an assistant coaching role for Brazil during next month's Copa America, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Thursday.

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.

The CBF also announced 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.

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