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Zico. Just the name conjures up images of Brazilian flair and footballing genius. This legendary player had a career that was nothing short of amazing, and he is still considered one of the best players to have ever graced the pitch.
How did Zico become a professional footballer?
Zico's story begins in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was here that he first began to show his talents on the football pitch, and it wasn't long before he was snapped up by a local team called Flamengo. Zico made his debut for Flamengo at the age of just 17, and he quickly established himself as one of the best players in Brazilian football.
After a few years with Flamengo, Zico decided to move to Europe to further his career. He spent time playing for Italian side Udinese and Japanese team Kashima Antlers, before returning to Brazil in 1989.
It was during this second spell with Flamengo that Zico really cemented his legacy, winning multiple trophies with the team and becoming one of the most popular players in Brazil. He spent 15 years at the club, during which time he won three league titles, two state championships and one Copa Libertadores.
In 1981, Zico helped lead Flamengo to victory in the Intercontinental Cup, scoring a memorable goal in the final against Liverpool. It was a fitting crowning achievement for a player who had become synonymous with success.
Sadly, Zico's time at Flamengo came to an end in 1992 after a disagreement with the club's president. He left to join Japanese side Kashima Antlers, where he spent two successful seasons before retiring in 1994.
Even though Zico never played for a so-called "big European club" in his professional career, Zico is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. His inventive style of play, combined with his superb technique and vision, made him a joy to watch. He was truly a maestro of the game.
Zico's International Career
In addition to his club career, Zico also had a hugely successful international career. He was part of the Brazilian team that won the World Cup in 1970, although he didn't actually play in the tournament due to injury. Four years later, Zico helped Brazil reach the final of the World Cup again, but they were beaten by Italy in a controversial match that is still talked about today.
Zico: The White Pele
After the World Cup in 1978, Zico was given the nickname "The White Pele" by Brazilian media. It was a testament to his status as one of the best players in the world, and he would go on to live up to this billing with some exceptional performances over the next few years.
One of Zico's most famous moments came in the 1982 World Cup when he scored a brilliant goal against Italy in a group stage match. Brazil went on to win the game, but they were eventually knocked out of the tournament by Italy in the second round.
Even though he never won a World Cup, Zico is still considered one of the greatest players of all time. He was a true genius of the game, and his legacy will live on forever.
Zico's Managerial Career
After retiring from playing, Zico ventured into management. He had mixed success in his first few years, but he really made a name for himself when he took over as manager of the Japanese national team in 2002. Under Zico's leadership, Japan won the Asian Cup in 2004. He then left to join Fenerbahçe and won the Super Lig and Turkish Cup with them.
He then had brief spells with CSKA Moscow, Olympiacos and The Iraqui national team and now currently is serving as the director of Kashima Antlers.
Zico is often credited with helping to popularize the "beautiful game" of football. His attacking style of play was a joy to watch, and he helped make Brazil one of the most exciting teams in the world. He also had a huge impact on Japanese football, both as a player and manager. His influence can still be seen today, and he is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the sport.