Mário Zagallo

Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈmaɾju zaˈɡalu]; born 9 August 1931) is a Lebanese Brazilian former professional football player and manager, who played as a forward.

Mário Zagallo
Zagallo and Lula and Parreira (cropped).jpg
Zagallo in 2008
Personal information
Full name Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo
Date of birth (1931-08-09) 9 August 1931 (age 89)
Place of birth Atalaia, Alagoas, Brazil
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Inside forward, left winger
Youth career
1948–1949 America
1950–1951 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1958 Flamengo 99 (11)
1958–1965 Botafogo 107 (10)
Total 206 (21)
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)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He holds the record for World Cup titles in general with four titles in total. He was the first person to win the FIFA World Cup as both a manager and as a player, winning the competition in 1958 and 1962 as a player, in 1970 as manager, and in 1994 as assistant manager.[1] Zagallo also coached Brazil in 1974 (finishing fourth) and in 1998 (finishing as runners-up) and was a technical assistant in 2006. He is one of three men, along with Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and France's Didier Deschamps to have won the World Cup as a player and as a manager and the only one that has done it four times.

In 1992, Zagallo received the FIFA Order of Merit, the highest honour awarded by FIFA, for his contributions to football.[2] He was named the 9th Greatest Manager of All Time by World Soccer Magazine in 2013.[3][4]

Playing careerEdit

Zagallo during his playing career

Zagallo started his football career with América in 1948, and he later played for Flamengo and Botafogo.[5]

He won the World Cup as a player with Brazil in 1962.[5] At the time of the 1958 tournament, Zagallo was a Flamengo player, but by the 1962 event, he was with Botafogo.[6]

He won a total of 33 caps for Brazil between 1958 and 1964.[7]

Style of playEdit

Zagallo with Pelé in 1970

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.[8][9]

Coaching careerEdit

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.[10] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

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. They remained together until de Castro's death on 5 November 2012.[11] Mário and Alcina had four children.[12] He is a practicing Catholic.[13][14][15]


Zagallo was nicknamed The Professor by his players throughout his coaching career, due to his tactical awareness and commanding presence on the bench. He was also nicknamed Velho Lobo ("Old Wolf") due to his surname "Lobo", which means "wolf".[9]


Zagallo in 2008












See alsoEdit


  • Roberto Assaf, Clóvis Martins. Campeonato carioca: 96 anos de história, 1902–1997. Irradiação Cultural (1997).
  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" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Jamie Rainbow (4 July 2013). "The Greatest Manager of all time". World Soccer.
  4. ^ a b Jamie Rainbow (2 July 2013). "The Greatest XI: how the panel voted". World Soccer.
  5. ^ a b "Zagallo". Sambafoot. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  6. ^ Gwidon Naskrent, Roberto Di Maggio and José Luis Pierrend (17 September 2010). "World Cup Champions Squads 1930 – 2010". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  7. ^ Roberto Mamrud (29 February 2012). "Appearances for Brazil National Team". Brazil – Record International Players. RSSSF. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Vicente Feola: A controversial innovator". FIFA. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Mario Zagallo – None hungrier than Brazil's lone wolf". FIFA. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  10. ^ West, Jenna (15 July 2018). "Didier Deschamps Becomes Third to Win World Cup as Player and Manager". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Esposa de Zagallo morre no Rio | globoesporte.com". Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Zagallo recebe apoio de amigos no velório da esposa no Rio de Janeiro | globoesporte.com". Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Folha Online - Mundo - Zagallo diz que "família católica perdeu seu irmão mais importante" - 02/04/2005". Folha.uol.com.br. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Xará, Zagallo ressalta coincidências do nº 13 com o papa e lamenta: "Temos que engolir" – Futebol – $estacao.titulo". Esporte.uol.com.br. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo | TARDES DE PACAEMBU: o futebol sem as fronteiras do tempo". Tardesdepacaembu.wordpress.com. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  16. ^ "FORMER RESULTS". IFFHS.de. Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  17. ^ "FourFourTwo named 100 greatest managers of all time" (in Russian). ua.tribuna.com. Retrieved 6 May 2020.

External linksEdit

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