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Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in this June 28 file photo,. The 23-year-old Monaco forward who was the top scorer at the World Cup, is closing in on a deal with Real Madrid. Spanish sports newspapers said Monday that Monaco had agreed terms with Madrid and Rodriguez is to be presented to fans on Tuesday.
Colombia's James Rodriguez celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in this June 28 file photo,. The 23-year-old Monaco forward who was the top scorer at the World Cup, is closing in on a deal with Real Madrid. Spanish sports newspapers said Monday that Monaco had agreed terms with Madrid and Rodriguez is to be presented to fans on Tuesday.
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MADRID — After scoring the most goals of any player at the World Cup, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.


The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be introduced to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.


“I’m very happy,” Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. “Everything went well.”


Sports newspapers Marca and As said Madrid agreed to pay Monaco $108 million for Rodriguez. He is expected to join the squad Aug. 1.


Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay in the round of 16 at the World Cup, when he chested the ball down and then volleyed it in, was voted the best of the tournament. He scored a total of six times.


Rodriguez will strengthen Madrid’s offensive lineup by joining Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in attack.


The Colombia forward will likely wear the No. 10 jersey, vacated when Mesut Ozil left Madrid for Arsenal.


Rodriguez, who had joined Monaco from FC Porto last year, is Madrid’s second signing after Germany midfielder Toni Kroos joined Thursday from Bayern Munich.


Dunga becomes Brazil soccer coach


Brazil is bringing back Dunga to coach the national football team, four years after he was fired from the same job.


Tuesday’s hiring comes two weeks after Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.


The 50-year-old Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week after Brazil failed to win football’s premier event on its home soil.


It could be a difficult road for the former defensive midfielder. Several polls released in the last few days show he is highly unpopular, by margins of at least 3-to-1.


“When it comes to the survey, we have to overcome that,” Dunga said. “I think they (fans) will eventually understand the work we are planning, and I don’t feel rejected. … I’m not going to change people’s mind set, but I will change the way people think about me.”


He also brought up the name of former South African President Nelson Mandela.


“Without firing a gun, he changed how people thought about him,” Dunga added.


The Brazilian football confederation confirmed the appointment during a news conference at its headquarters in suburban Rio de Janeiro, but gave no details about salary. CBF President Jose Maria Marin indicated he wanted Dunga to continue until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Dunga gave a blunt evaluation of Brazil’s situation.


“We’re no longer the best,” he said. “We’re all aware of this. We can’t tell our fans that we’re the best.”


Dunga came to the job for the first time in 2006 with no management experience. He was criticized for the team’s physical style of play and conservative tactics and spent time Tuesday suggesting he might be different this time.


He said his focus was already on the next World Cup. Brazil will also play next year in the Copa America — the South American championship — and in a special Copa America edition in 2016 played in the United States.


“My first time as coach, I was asked to rescue the team’s value and get results,” he said. “This second time around, the focus is on preparing the side for the 2018 World Cup.”


Dunga’s real name is Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri. His nickname Dunga literally means “Dopey” in Portuguese — the same as one of the characters in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — and was given to him during childhood because of his small stature.


He was the captain of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning team, and coached the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was dismissed after Brazil lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.


“He has shown his capacity to lead the Brazil team, not only in words but also in numbers, that he has all the requisites and the capacity to lead the Brazil team again,” confederation president Jose Maria Marin said. “It was a decision made with the participation of everyone here at this table in a show of unity and total integration aimed at great conquests in the future.”


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