Mourning for Mario Zagallo: The Brazilian football legend died on Friday. “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of our all-time four-time world champion Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo,” said a short statement on his official Instagram account. Zagallo was 92 years old. Brazilian football will never forget one of the “greatest legends”, said the Brazilian association CBF.
After Pele died at the end of 2022, Zagallo was the last living member of the Brazilian team that won the Seleção’s first World Cup title in 1958. Zagallo defended the title with Brazil at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, and in 1970 in Mexico he led Pele’s team to the pinnacle of success as coach. It wasn’t until 24 years later that Brazil’s next triumph came: in 1994 in the USA, Zagallo was assistant coach to Carlos Alberto Parreira. Zagallo, whom they called the “Professor”, was directly involved in four of five World Cup titles and was the first to become world champion as a player and coach.
“I want to thank you for everything, because I owe a lot of what has happened in my life and with the Seleção to you,” Pele said to Zagallo on the occasion of his 90th birthday. And Ronaldo said: “I have had many important coaches, but Zagallo was without a doubt the best of them all.”