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Brazil legend and World Cup icon Zagallo dies aged 92
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Mitchell Fretton
Mario Zagallo was part of four World Cup triumphs with Brazil
Mario Zagallo was part of four World Cup triumphs with Brazil

Mario Zagallo has died at the age of 92, his family have confirmed.

The Brazil icon won the World Cup four times as a player and coach, most recently as Carlos Alberto Parreira's assistant in 1994.

A statement on his Instagram account said: "With enormous sadness, we inform you of the death of our eternal four-time world champion Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo.

"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."

Having enjoyed back-to-back success in 1958 and 1962, Zagallo went on to manage what is regarded by many as the greatest international team of all time.

His 1970 Brazil side featured the likes of Pele, Carlos Alberto and Jairzinho and he remains a hugely admired figure in the country's rich history on the world stage.

In 1994, he was again instrumental in helping Parreira's men lift the trophy and four years later, he was back in the dugout to lead the Selecao to the 1998 final, which they lost to hosts France.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) also paid their respects to the great winger, with president Ednaldo Rodrigues saying: "The CBF and Brazilian football mourn the death of one of its legends.

"The CBF offers solidarity to his family and fans in this moment of sadness at the departure of this idol of our football."

Only three players have ever won the World Cup as both a player and coach, with Zagallo becoming the first to achieve the feat before being joined by Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and France's Didier Deschamps.

Brazil has now lost the only remaining member of the title-winning 1958 side.


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