Born in Maceio in the north-eastern state of Alagoas on 9 August 1931, Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo was the first man to win the FIFA World Cup™ as a player and then as a coach, a feat repeated by Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer two decades after him.
Brazil’s first-choice left-winger in the teams that won back-to-back world titles at Sweden 1958 and Chile 1962, Zagallo began his first spell in charge of A Seleção in 1967, two years after ending his playing career. At Mexico 1970 he steered the South Americans to their third FIFA World Cup triumph.
He took charge of the team at two more world finals, guiding them to fourth place at Germany 1974 and then to the Final at France 1998. Four years earlier, at USA 1994, he was technical supervisor under head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira as Brazil won world title number four. He also coached the South Americans to success at the FIFA Confederations Cup Saudi Arabia 1997.
Zagallo’s career as a player began with America-RJ. At the age of 19 he signed for Flamengo, where he won the Rio de Janeiro state championship three times in a row between 1953 and 1955. After helping Brazil conquer the world at Sweden 1958 he moved to Botafogo. He stayed there until his retirement, winning Rio state titles with O Fogão in 1961 and 1962 and the Rio-Sao Paulo Tournament in 1962 and 1964.