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Pelé congratulates his «mentor» and «idol» Zagallo for his 90 years

Pelé congratulates his «mentor» and «idol» Zagallo for his 90 years

Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pelé’, considered by many to be the best footballer in the world, described this Monday as his “mentor” and “idol” also former Brazilian footballer Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo in a message on social networks in which he congratulated him on have turned 90 this Monday.

“You are a leader, a mentor, an idol and, above all, a friend with a huge heart that Brazilian football will never forget,” said the legendary Pelé, a three-time world champion as a player, in his message to also legendary Zagallo, four times world champion (two as a player, one as a coach and one as a technical coordinator for Brazil).

Pelé recalled that he was Zagallo’s partner when they both played for the Brazilian team, but also an adversary, with the first defending the Santos club and the second Botafogo, and that he was a pupil of “his friend” when the honoree was the team’s coach Brazilian who won the World Cup in Mexico 1970.

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Pelé and Zagallo were teammates in the Brazilian team that won the World Cups in Sweden 1958 and Chile 1962, and in Mexico 1970 the former was established as three-time world champion and the latter as champion with Brazil as well as coach.

Zagallo added his fourth world title in the United States in 1994 acting as technical coordinator for Canarinha.

Among the different tributes to Zagallo for his 90 years, FIFA published on YouTube a documentary in which he tells his story as a player and coach of the Brazilian team and which includes statements from Brazilian players such as Pelé, Rivelino, Ronaldo and Carlos Alberto, and from Portuguese coach José Mourinho.

I have to thank you for everything. I think that 50% of what I did for the Brazilian team I owe to Zagallo, “said Pelé in his testimony in the FIFA documentary.

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The exposed left, ex-coach and ex-coach, born on August 9, 1931 in the impoverished state of Alagoas, commemorated 90 years this Monday with several of his brands as a footballer still in force, among which that of being the only four-time world champion.

The one who was known as ‘formiguinha’ (little ant) ​​when he was a player and as ‘the Old Wolf’ as a coach, remains until now the most successful and longest-serving coach in Brazil, a position he held in both 1970, 1974 and 1998. He was also the technical coordinator of the team in 1994 and 2006.

That allowed him to reach another still unbeaten mark: the only one in the world to have reached five World Cup finals in his seven appearances. The only final he lost, of the five he was in, was the 1998 World Cup in France, in which the hosts beat Brazil.

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In addition to world titles, he has two FIFA Confederations Cup titles (1997 and 2005), two America’s Cup titles (1997 and 2004), and a bronze medal at the Olympic Games on his coaching resume. from Atlanta 1996.

His numbers as Canarinha coach remain unbeatable: 99 wins, 26 draws and only 10 losses in 135 games with the senior team, and 14 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses with the Olympian.

As a player, a career that began in 1950 in America, he began to become famous at Flamengo (1951-1958), with which he won three Rio titles, but was consecrated in Botafogo alongside idols such as Garrincha, Didi and Nilton Santos . EFE (HN)

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