Brazilian football legend Mário Zagallo has died at the age of 92. The server of the Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported the death of the player and coach, who won the World Cup four times in total, with reference to the official Instagram of the football star.
Zagallo won the World Cup title on the field in 1958 and 1962, helped the national team to triumph from the bench in 1970 as a coach and in 1994 as an assistant.
“The most successful history of Brazilian football had its final chapter on Saturday morning in Rio (de Janeiro),” wrote the server of the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, according to which Zagall's legacy is immeasurable. He describes the man who played a part in four of Brazil's five World Cup victories as a hard worker and an extremely tactically advanced player, who then knew how to motivate his charges even in the most difficult moments as a as a coach.
Zagallo, born Aug. 9, 1931, got his start in soccer like most kids in the Latin American country, simply playing with friends in the street, according to Brazilian media. His first ball was given to him by a neighbor who saw him hitting stones on the sidewalk.
However, unlike the vast majority of other children, Zagallo gradually became a member of the Brazilian national team, which won its first gold medal at the 1958 World Championships. Four years later, he repeated his triumph by beating Czechoslovakia in the final.
As a coach, he then led the Brazilian team to gold in 1970, which Reuters called one of the best teams of all time. In 1994, he was Carlos Alberto Parreira's assistant during another Brazilian triumph.
Zagallo played over 30 matches for Brazil as a player and even managed the national team in 154 matches as a coach. He also coached the Brazilian national team at the 1974 world championships, when the Brazilians finished fourth, and in 1998, when they lost to France in the final.
In 1997, Zagalla was named the world's best coach by the International Federation of Football Historians and Statisticians. He was famous for his collection of 1,500 jerseys, which he exchanged with other players after matches during his career.
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