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Brazil football legend Mario Zagallo dies aged 92

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Brazilian football legend Mario Zagallo, who won four World Cups as a player and coach, has died aged 92.

Winger Zagallo was part of the Brazil team who won back-to-back World Cups in 1958 and 1962, starting in both finals.

He managed the side widely regarded as the greatest international team of all time, including Pele, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto, to glory in 1970.

Zagallo's final World Cup triumph came as Carlos Alberto Parreira's assistant coach in 1994.

He returned as Brazil manager after that tournament and led them to the final in 1998, where they were beaten by hosts France.

Zagallo was the first person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager - a feat that has since been matched by Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and France's Didier Deschamps.

With Zagallo's death, there are no members of the Brazil team who played in the 1958 final left alive.