Mário Zagallo

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This is a Portuguese name; the first family name is Lobo and the second is Zagallo.
Mário Zagallo
Zagallo in 2004
Personal information
Full name Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo
Date of birth (1931-08-09)9 August 1931
Place of birth Atalaia, Alagoas, Brazil
Date of death 5 January 2024(2024-01-05) (aged 92)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Inside forward, left winger
Youth career
1948–1950 America
1950–1951 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1958 Flamengo 217 (30)
1958–1965 Botafogo 115 (46)
Total 332 (76)
National team
1958–1964 Brazil 33 (5)
Teams managed
1966–1970 Botafogo
1967–1968 Brazil
1970–1974 Brazil
1971–1972 Fluminense
1972–1974 Flamengo
1975 Botafogo
1976–1978 Kuwait
1978 Botafogo
1979 Al-Hilal
1980–1981 Vasco da Gama
1981–1984 Saudi Arabia
1984–1985 Flamengo
1986–1987 Botafogo
1988–1989 Bangu
1989–1990 United Arab Emirates
1990–1991 Vasco da Gama
1991–1994 Brazil (coordinator)
1994–1998 Brazil
1999 Portuguesa
2000–2001 Flamengo
2002 Brazil (caretaker)
2003–2006 Brazil (coordinator)
Men's football
Representing  Brazil (as player)
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1958
Winner 1962
South American Championship
Runner-up 1959
Representing  Brazil (as manager)
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1970
Runner-up 1998
FIFA Confederations Cup
Winner 1997
Copa América
Winner 1997
Runner-up 1995
Runner-up 1996
Bronze medal – third place 1998
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Team
Representing  Kuwait (as manager)
AFC Asian Cup
Runner-up 1976
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaɾju zaˈɡalu]; 9 August 1931 – 5 January 2024) was a Brazilian professional football player and manager, who played as a forward.

Zagallo was regarded as one of the best football players of all time and was considered to be one of the greatest world's managers. Physically limited by his low stature, Zagallo began his career as a left midfielder and then moved also due to excessive competition in the role in the role of pure winger, characterized by his usefulness in defensive recoveries and in midfield as well as for his effective attacks on the offensive front. [1]

Early life[change | change source]

Zagallo was born in Atalaia on 9 August 1931. As a young man, he worked as a soldier, working at the Maracanã Stadium when Uruguay defeated Brazil in the 1950 World Cup Final.[2]

Club career[change | change source]

Zagalo in Botafogo. He started his career in America (Rio de Janeiro) in 1948. In 1950 he moved to Flamengo . He was part of the "red and black" team that won three consecutive Campeonato Carioca titles (1953, 1954, 1955). In 1955, the team won the Rio-Sao Paulo Intercity Cup. Since there was no national championship at the time, Flamengo regularly participated in various friendly tournaments in addition to the city, and in Peru, Argentina and Israel. In total, in all tournaments, he played 217 matches, in which he scored 30 goals.

In 1958, Flamengo experienced financial problems and sold Zagallo against the player's wishes. Mario becomes part of Botafogo, as his wife is a teacher and will lose her job when moving to another city. Along with Garrincha, Didi and Nílton Santos, Zagallo became an important part of the team and won the Campeonato Carioca in 1961 and 1962, as well as the Rio-Sao Paulo Champions Cup in 1961 and the Rio-Sao Paulo Inter-City Tournament in 1962 and 1964.

International career[change | change source]

Mário Zagallo in 1962

Zagallo was called up to the Brazilian national team on the eve of the 1958 World Cup and was considered as a replacement for Pepe, who in those years was the best Brazilian football player in his position. However, just before the start of the tournament, Pepe was injured, and his place was taken by Zagallo, who played in all matches of the tournament (which became victorious for the Brazilians), and scored a goal against the Sweden national team in the final. Four years later, Mario helped his team defend the world title, playing in six matches and scoring one goal and two assists. In total, he played 33 matches for the national team and scored 5 goals.

Coaching career[change | change source]

Zagallo started his coaching career at Botafogo, the club he had finished his career with, managing them alongside the Brazil national team. Zagallo won the World Cup as a manager in 1970, and as assistant coach in 1994, both with Brazil. He was the first person to win the World Cup both as a player and as a manager.[3] Winning the World Cup in 1970 at the age of 38, he is also the second youngest coach to win a World Cup, after Alberto Suppici, who won aged 31 with Uruguay in 1930.

Death[change | change source]

In July 2022, Zagallo was hospitalized with a respiratory tract infection.[4] In August 2023, he was hospitalized for 22 days for a urinary tract infection.[5] He died on 5 January 2024 from multiple organ failure at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, aged 92.[1]

Honours[change | change source]

Zagallo in 2008

Player[change | change source]




Manager[change | change source]






References[change | change source]

  • Roberto Assaf, Clóvis Martins. Campeonato carioca: 96 anos de história, 1902–1997. Irradiação Cultural (1997).
  1. 1.0 1.1 "Morre Zagallo, uma das lendas do futebol brasileiro". globo.com (in Portuguese). 6 January 2024.
  2. "FIFA celebrates legendary Zagallo as he turns 90". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  3. West, Jenna (15 July 2018). "Didier Deschamps Becomes Third to Win World Cup as Player and Manager". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 20 May 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  4. "Brazil great Zagallo hospitalized over respiratory infection". France 24. 27 July 2022.
  5. "'Tô de volta', comemora Zagallo após ter alta médica e voltar para casa no Rio". globo.com (in Portuguese). 1 September 2023.
  6. "FORMER RESULTS". IFFHS.de. Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  7. Jamie Rainbow (4 July 2013). "The Greatest Manager of all time". World Soccer.
  8. Jamie Rainbow (2 July 2013). "The Greatest XI: how the panel voted". World Soccer. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  9. "FourFourTwo named 100 greatest managers of all time" (in Russian). ua.tribuna.com. Retrieved 6 May 2020.

Other websites[change | change source]

World Cup-winners status
First Player and Manager
1958, '62, '70
Franz Beckenbauer
Preceded by
Enzo Bearzot
Oldest Living Manager
21 December 2010 – present
Preceded by
Hilderaldo Bellini
Oldest Living Player
2 wins

20 March 2014 – present
Preceded by
Hans Schäfer
Oldest Living Player
7 November 2017 – present
World Cup Finals
Preceded by
Josef Masopust
Oldest Living Goal-Scorer
29 June 2015 – present