February 24, 2024

By Tales Azzoni and Mauricio Savarese | Related Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — Mario Zagallo, who gained two World Cups as a participant, one as a coach and one other as an assistant coach for Brazil, has died. He was 92.

The primary individual to win the World Cup each as a participant and a supervisor, Zagallo is for a lot of Brazilian soccer followers synonymous with patriotism, grit and glory.

The one individual to ever win 4 World Cup titles was additionally the final residing member of Brazil’s beginning workforce in its first championship victory within the match in 1958.

Zagallo died late Friday evening of multiple-organ failure as a consequence of a number of comorbidities, Hospital Barra D’Or in Rio de Janeiro mentioned in a press release. Native media reported he was hospitalized after Christmas.

Brazilian soccer confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues mentioned in a press release Saturday confirming Zagallo’s loss of life that Zagallo “is without doubt one of the greatest legends” of the game. The funeral happened Sunday.

“We provide solidarity to his relations and followers on this second of grief for the departure of this nice hero of our soccer,” Rodrigues mentioned. A number of Brazilian golf equipment the place Zagallo performed and coached additionally expressed their sorrow for his loss of life.

Zagallo’s social media channels known as him “a devoted father, a loving grandfather, a caring father-in-law, a loyal good friend, a victorious skilled and an amazing human being.”

“A huge hero. A patriot that leaves us a legacy of nice achievements,” the textual content added, with out giving extra particulars about Zagallo’s loss of life.

Army officers carry the coffin of Brazilian soccer icon Mario Zagallo throughout a funeral procession Sunday close to Sao Joao Batista in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The one four-time World Cup champion died Jan. 5, 2023, at age 92. 

One of the vital charismatic and superstitious figures in Brazilian soccer, he additionally was identified for his fondness of the No. 13 and fixed use of the phrase “You’ll have to put up with me” — voiced loudly at critics.

He mentioned 13 was his fortunate quantity as a result of it carries the final two digits of his beginning yr: 1931. He all the time highlighted any hyperlink, nonetheless coincidental, between 13 and his soccer successes.

Zagallo performed a job in almost each main chapter in Brazilian soccer historical past, from its first World Cup title in 1958 to the match it hosted in 2014. Former Brazil coach Tite visited him to listen to his recommendation earlier than taking the workforce to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Sen. Romário Faria, the previous Brazil striker who famously spent most of his profession at odds with Zagallo, mentioned on Saturday the person nicknamed “Previous Wolf” has “the identical significance of Pelé” for his nation. The 1994 World Cup winner brazenly criticized Zagallo for leaving him out of the 1998 match for medical causes.

Two-time World Cup winner Cafu, who performed for Zagallo within the 1994, 1998 and 2006 editions of the match, mentioned “he was not solely a coach, however a good friend, a father, a companion who taught me quite a bit.”

“That picture of pleasure and dedication will stay,” he informed TV channel GloboNews. “We love the nationwide workforce a lot, and once we talk about Zagallo it’s concerning the nationwide workforce.”

Zagallo was Brazil’s ahead when it gained the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden and 1962 in Chile, and one of many first gamers to behave as a false winger, taking part in between midfielders and strikers.

He stopped taking part in professionally in 1965 and commenced his teaching profession with Rio de Janeiro membership Botafogo the next yr.

Named nationwide workforce coach in 1970, simply earlier than the World Cup in Mexico, he inherited a squad that included Pelé, Jairzinho, Gerson, Roberto Rivellino and Tostão. Brazil crushed Italy 4-1 within the closing, turning into the primary three-time champion.

He additionally coached Brazil in 1974, however with out Pelé, the workforce completed in fourth place.

Zagallo was assistant coach to Carlos Alberto Parreira when Brazil gained the 1994 World Cup in the US, once more beating Italy within the closing. Parreira many instances mentioned he felt as if the workforce had two coaches, such was Zagallo’s affect in his squad.

And he was again on the helm 4 years later for the World Cup in France, when Brazil misplaced 3-0 to the hosts in a closing marked by striker Ronaldo’s unexplained convulsions earlier than the sport. Zagallo was criticized for letting Ronaldo play.

“He was cleared to play by the medical doctors,” Zagallo mentioned. “Anybody in my place would have performed the identical factor. I wasn’t going to be the one holding him from taking part in in a World Cup closing.”

His closing teaching position with the nationwide workforce was as Parreira’s assistant in 2006. Brazil was a pre-tournament favourite to win its sixth World Cup title in Germany. However the squad led by Ronaldinho, Kaká, Ronaldo and Adriano fell to France within the quarterfinals.

“The story of the FIFA World Cup can’t be informed with out Mário Zagallo,” the governing physique’s president Gianni Infantino mentioned in a press release. “He will likely be remembered because the Godfather of Brazilian soccer and his presence will likely be sorely missed by everybody within the recreation however particularly right here at FIFA.”

Zagallo’s feat of being a World Cup winner as participant and supervisor was later matched by Franz Beckenbauer with West Germany (1974, 1990) and Didier Deschamps with France (1998, 2018).

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva mentioned on his social media channels that Zagallo was “one of many biggest soccer gamers and coaches of all time” and “a logo of affection for the nationwide workforce and Brazil… Brave, devoted, passionate and superstitious, Zagallo was a job mannequin for Brazilians who by no means gave up.”

FILE - Brazil's soccer star Pele, left, embraces Mario Zagallo after the latter's appointment as coach of the Brazilian national soccer team, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in March 1970. Zagallo, who reached the World Cup final a record five times, winning four, as a player and then a coach with Brazil, has died. He was 92. Brazilian soccer confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues said in a statement in the early hours of Saturday, Jan. 5, 2024, confirming Zagallo's death that Zagallo "is one of the biggest legends" of the sport. (AP Photo, File)
Brazil’s soccer star Pele, left, embraces Mario Zagallo after the latter’s appointment as coach of the Brazilian nationwide soccer workforce in 1970. ​That yr, Brazil crushed Italy 4-1 within the closing, turning into the primary three-time champion. 

Zagallo was one of many few coaches who had profitable teaching stints with all 4 conventional Rio golf equipment — Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama.