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Brazilian football legend Mario Zagallo dies at age 92

Brazilian football legend Mario Zagallo who won the World Cup both as a player and a manager, has died aged 92.

Mario Zagallo’s family, who reached the World Cup final a record five times, announced on Saturday that the Brazilian legend has died at age 92. Zagallo spent two weeks in a Rio de Janeiro hospital with a urinary infection last summer, but details about his death have not been announced.

Zagallo won the World Cup two times as a player in 1958 and 1962. He also won the 1970 World Cup as a coach to become the first person who has won the World Cup both as a player and a manager. Zagallo coached greats including Pele, Jairzinho, Rivellino, and Tostao.

He also coached Brazil in the 1974 World Cup, but without Pele, the team finished in fourth place. Zagallo was assistant coach to Carlos Alberto Parreira when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup. He once again became Brazil’s manager in the 1998 World Cup and the team reached the final, but they lost against France.

Zagallo also had successful coaching stints with Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo, and Vasco da Gama. He was named the 9th Greatest Manager of All Time by World Soccer Magazine in 2013.

In a statement on Instagram, his family described him as an “eternal world champion”.

They added: “A devoted father, loving grandfather, caring father-in-law, faithful friend, victorious professional and a great human being. Giant idol. A patriot who leaves us a legacy of great achievements.

We thank God for the time we were able to spend with you and we ask the Father that we find comfort in the good memories and the great example you leave us.”

We offer solidarity to his family members and fans in this moment of grief for the departure of this great hero of our soccer,” Brazilian Football Confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues said in a statement.

Zagallo was the last surviving Brazilian player who participated in the 1958 World Cup final.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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