Mario Zagallo, Brazilian football legend, dies at 92 – Football

Mario Zagallo, Brazilian football legend and only four-time world champion as a player and then as a coach, died on Friday at the age of 92. We learn this from his official Instagram account. “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of our eternal four-time world champion Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo”, reads a short statement published on the social network.

Nicknamed ‘The Professor’, Zagallo also played a key role in four of the five world titles won by the Seleçao. As a player he won two trophies: in 1958 in Sweden and in 1962 in Chile. As a coach he then led the Brazilian national team to the supreme title in 1970 in Mexico and was assistant coach during the 1994 coronation in the United States. He was manager again in 1998, when Ronaldo’s Brazil lost 3-0 at the Stade de France against the Blues of captain Didier Deschamps. Only the legendary German Franz Beckenbauer (1974 as a player and 1990 as a coach) and Deschamps, after the Blues’ coronation in Russia in 2018, managed to imitate him.

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2024-01-06 06:03:11
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