Broadcast "old wolf" hospitalized for a respiratory infection

Brazilian football icon Zagallo, twice world champion as a player and later as coach of the legendary team that won the 1970 World Cup, was taken to intensive care in the hospital due to a respiratory infection.

Barra d’Or Hospital said in a statement that the international striker and former coach is “in stable condition at the moment” and is “breathing normally without the aid of any equipment.”

He also indicated that Zagallo had been tested for coronavirus, which came back negative.

Zagallo, nicknamed “Old Wolf”, who turns 91 on August 9, regularly posts memorable photos of his successful round ball career on his Instagram page, where he has over 115,000 followers.

After several years of health problems, he also posted a picture four days ago in which he appeared at the hairdresser.

Zagallo entered football records after being the first to win the World Cup as a player (1958 and 1962), then as a coach (1970), ahead of German Franz Beckenbauer (1974 and 1990) and Frenchman Didier Deschamps (1998 and 2018). ). ).

He is also still the only one to have appeared in five World Cup finals, losing only one of them as a manager, and that was against France in 1998.

In the previous 1994 World Cup, Zagallo worked as an assistant coach to Carlos Alberto Parreira during Brazil’s fourth of five world titles.

But his undisputed masterpiece is still the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. After his recent appointment as coach of the samba dancers team, he led him to his third world crown thanks to his charming playing style and a group of stars led by the legend Pelé, Jairzinho, Tostao , Gerson and Rivelino.

Zagallo had previously played with Pelé in 1958 and 1962.

Pelé, 81, who also suffers from health issues, wrote on Zagallo’s Instagram: “Great friend, I know you’re going through hard times, but I’m sending you positive energy. You will get well soon, always with the same energy. .Cheer up, old wolf!”

Source: AFP

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