Mário Zagallo

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Mário Zagallo
Zagallo and Lula and Parreira (cropped).jpg
Mário Zagallo in 2008
Personal information
Full name Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo
Date of birth (1931-08-09) 9 August 1931 (age 86)
Place of birth Atalaia, Alagoas, Brazil
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Inside forward, left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1949 America
1950–1958 Flamengo 217 (30)
1958–1965 Botafogo 302 (22)
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)
2011– Lebanon (advisor)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈmaɾju zaˈɡalu]; born 9 August 1931) is a Brazilian former football player and manager who played as a forward. He was the first footballer to win the FIFA World Cup both as a manager and as a player, 1958 FIFA World Cup and 1962 FIFA World Cup as a player, the 1970 FIFA World Cup as a manager and the 1994 FIFA World Cup as an assistant manager.[1] In 1992, for his contributions to association football, Zagallo became the recipient of the FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honour awarded by FIFA.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Zagallo started his football career with América in 1948, and he later played for Flamengo and Botafogo.[3]

He won the FIFA World Cup as a player with Brazil in 1958 FIFA World Cup and 1962 FIFA World Cup.[3] At the time of the 1958 tournament he was a Flamengo player but by the 1962 event he was with Botafogo.[4]

He won a total of 33 caps with Brazil, between 1958 and 1964.[5]

Style of play[edit]

Zagallo was a diminutive left winger with a small physique, who was known for his technical skills and his high defensive work-rate, as well as his ability to make attacking runs from deeper areas of the pitch. He was also capable of playing as a forward, either as a main striker, or as an inside forward.[6][7]

Coaching career[edit]

Zagallo in 1974

Zagallo won the World Cup as a manager (1970), and as assistant coach (1994), both with the Brazilian national team. He was the first person to win the World Cup both as a player and as a manager.[8] Winning the World Cup in 1970 at the age of 38, he is also the second youngest coach to win a world title after Alberto Suppici with Uruguay in 1930, aged 31.

Personal life and religion[edit]

Zagallo (original family name Zakour, a Lebanese surname from Zahle) married Alcina de Castro on 13 January 1955 at the Church of Capuchins in Rio de Janeiro and they remained together until her death on 5 November 2012.[9] Mário and Alcina had four children.[10] He is a practicing Roman Catholic.[11][12][13]


Zagallo was nicknamed the professor by his players throughout his career, due to his tactical awareness and commanding presence on the bench; also nicknamed Velho Lobo (The Old Wolf) due to his surname "Lobo" that literally means "wolf".[7]












See also[edit]

List of Brazil national football team managers


  1. ^ West, Jenna (15 July 2018). "Didier Deschamps Becomes Third to Win World Cup as Player and Manager". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  2. ^ FIFA Order of Merit holders
  3. ^ a b "Zagallo". Sambafoot. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Gwidon Naskrent, Roberto Di Maggio and José Luis Pierrend (17 September 2010). "World Cup Champions Squads 1930 – 2010". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Roberto Mamrud (29 February 2012). "Appearances for Brazil National Team". Brazil – Record International Players. RSSSF. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vicente Feola: A controversial innovator". FIFA.com. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Mario Zagallo - None hungrier than Brazil's lone wolf". FIFA.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Motty's World Cup greats: Mario Zagalo". Mail online. Associated Newspapers. 25 April 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Esposa de Zagallo morre no Rio | globoesporte.com". Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Zagallo recebe apoio de amigos no velório da esposa no Rio de Janeiro | globoesporte.com". Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Folha Online - Mundo - Zagallo diz que "família católica perdeu seu irmão mais importante" - 02/04/2005". Folha.uol.com.br. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  12. ^ "Xará, Zagallo ressalta coincidências do nº 13 com o papa e lamenta: "Temos que engolir" - Futebol - $estacao.titulo". Esporte.uol.com.br. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo | TARDES DE PACAEMBU: o futebol sem as fronteiras do tempo". Tardesdepacaembu.wordpress.com. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  14. ^ "FORMER RESULTS". IFFHS.de. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

World Cup-winners status
Preceded by
Hans Schäfer
Oldest Living Player
November 7, 2017 – present