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CCTV’s one-on-one with Brazil's 'Zico'


06-14-2014 13:48 BJT

Full coverage: World Cup 2014

He’s the man that for many Brazilians was simply greater than Pele, Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico. The former footballer spoke exclusively to CCTV about the World Cup on his home soil. Zico, who was part of the legendary 1982 Brazilian squad, feels Brazil can win its sixth trophy, but criticized the high costs of hosting the 2014 tournament.

Zico starred in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 Brazilian World Cup teams and remains the all-time scorer at the sacred Maracana stadium, with an impressive record of 337 goals in 435 games. He is often called the White Pele, a nickname that he never liked.

Considered one of the world’s best players of the late 70’s and 80’s , Zico, now 61 , is a well-known international coach and is back in Rio de Janeiro, his home town, after a brief period in Qatar. Brazil is where he wants to stay and watch the national team win its sixth World Cup.

But everything has changed here in Brazil, not only football. The last Confederations Cup was marred by demonstrations against the government and the cost of the games. Brazilians are demanding improvements in health and education and have taken to the streets to protest against the government’s high spending on the football fiesta.



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