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Football: Brazilian football star Mário Zagallo is dead

Former soccer world champion Mário Zagallo is dead. His family announced this via his Instagram account. Brazilian football is mourning “one of its greatest legends,” said association president Ednaldo Rodrigues, according to a statement from the CBF association. The CBF ordered seven days of mourning in Zagallo’s honor and a minute’s silence before the weekend’s games.

Zagallo won the World Cup title in 1958 and 1962, first as a player alongside Pelé and in 1970 in his role as national coach. Later, Franz Beckenbauer and the Frenchman Didier Deschamps also achieved this.

In 1994, as assistant to national coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, Zagallo was also instrumental in Brazil’s fourth World Cup title and then took over as national coach for a second time. In 1997 he won the Copa America with the team, and a year later the Brazilians were defeated by France in the World Cup final.

On his 90th birthday, Pelé praised Zagallo as one of the best coaches: “I have had many important coaches, but Zagallo was without a doubt the best of them all.”

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Former soccer world champion Mário Zagallo is dead. His family announced this via his Instagram account. Brazilian football is mourning “one of its greatest legends,” said association president Ednaldo Rodrigues, according to a statement from the CBF association. The CBF ordered seven days of mourning in Zagallo’s honor and a minute’s silence before the weekend’s games.

Zagallo won the World Cup title in 1958 and 1962, first as a player alongside Pelé and in 1970 in his role as national coach. Later, Franz Beckenbauer and the Frenchman Didier Deschamps also achieved this.

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