HEALTH – Hospitalized, the Zagallo legend is better

Reassuring news. Brazilian football legend Mario Zagallo, 90, hospitalized for a respiratory infection, is progressing well, the Rio de Janeiro clinic where he was admitted announced on Monday.

Zagallo “presents a good evolution, with clinical evidence and analyzes that attest to a good response to the treatment ordered by the medical team”, Barra D’Or Hospital said in a statement. Double world champion as a player and coach of the legendary Seleçao winner in 1970, the “Old Wolf”, who will be 91 on August 9, was admitted to a semi-intensive care unit last Tuesday for a respiratory infection.

Zagallo was the first to win the World Cup as a player (1958 and 1962), then as a coach (1970), long before the German Franz Beckenbauer (1974 and 1990) and the Frenchman Didier Deschamps (1998 and 2018).

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He is to date the only one to have taken part in five World Cup finals, only one of which was lost, against France, in 1998, as a coach. During the previous edition, in 1994, in the United States, he was assistant to Carlos Alberto Pareira, during the fourth of Brazil’s five world titles.

But his undeniable masterpiece remains the 1970 World Cup in Mexico: freshly appointed coach, he had led Brazil to its third planetary coronation with spectacular play and a constellation of cracks like Pelé, Jairzinho, Tostao, Gerson and Rivellino. .

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