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Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico, is a Brazilian coach and former footballer. Often called the "White Pelé", he is commonly considered one of the most skilled dribblers and finishers ever and possibly the world's best player of the early 80's. He was also known as one of history's greatest free kick specialists, able to bend the ball with pace and accuracy as well as having an extremely powerful shot. The gifted midfielder was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. Also according to Pelé, generally considered the best footballer ever, "throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico".
Zico scored 52 goals in 72 international matches for Brazil, and represented them in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups. They did not win any of those tournaments, even though the 1982 squad is considered one of the greatest Brazilian national squads ever. Zico is often considered one of the best players in football history not to have been on a ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Zico, the most-loved Brazilian footballer
2014-07-08
BELO HORIZONTE: "Zico, Zico, Zico." The chants reverberated on the terraces giving anybody who was there goose-bumps. Even as a visiting outsider, you immediately felt a part of this strange communion and could have been forgiven for joining the chorus.
(Times of India)
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Brazil must 'leave their souls on the pitch' - Zico
2014-07-06
The former Brazil star told The Observer that the Seleção must give their all against Germany, to honour the injured Neymar's previous performances at this World Cup. Zico said: "Above all, the Brazilian players have a chance to draw energy from Neymar ...
(Sambafoot.com)
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World Cup 2014: Zico's team of the tournament so far
2014-07-02
World Cup 2014: Zico's team of the tournament so far. These are the guys who deserve to be in my XI. Some of them might have gone home now but what they did remains special. Share · Tweet this. Email. Zico · The Guardian, Wednesday 2 July 2014 05.14 ...
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  1. Zico hails World Cup performances of Neymar, Luiz Gustavo and David Luiz
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Zico lambasts Thiago Silva, saying he expected more from Brazil's captain
2014-07-01
Former Brazil star Zico has lamented the tournament performances of Brazil captain Thiago Silva so far in the World Cup, claiming that the PSG defender has failed to live up to the expectations placed on him. In an interview with Radio Globo, the three ...
(Sambafoot.com)
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Zico: Luiz Gustavo suspension is bad news for Brazil
2014-06-30
"In midfield, the second yellow card for Luiz Gustavo was bad news. He is our best man-marker and would have been quite useful to keep [James] Rodríguez at bay. [Juan] Cuadrado is another player the Brazilians will have to find a strategy to deal with ...
(Sambafoot.com)
  1. Gustavo-less Brazil's quarter-final conundrum

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Brazil must improve or Colombia and James Rodríguez will cause an upset
2014-06-29
Zico · The Guardian, Sunday 29 June 2014 06.59 EDT. Jump to comments (…) James Rodríguez has been one of the stars of the World Cup and will cause Brazil problems if the Seleção do not improve. Photograph: Wang Lili/REX. As I drove back from the ...
(The Guardian)
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Zico: Paulinho is Brazil's weak link
2014-06-21
Iconic former Brazil midfielder Zico believes that Paulinho is the current side's weak link following its sluggish start to the World Cup. The hosts have made a low-key start to the finals, with their 3-1 win over Croatia marred by controversial ...
(Goal USA)
  1. Zico: Chelsea's Ramires should start over Spurs' Paulinho
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Zico critical of Man City midfielder David Silva
2014-06-17
Zico said: "I was not counting on the Netherlands to begin with. I thought that Chile and Spain were the favourites and Chile would face Brazil in the next round, but the Netherlands had a good game and proved that they have good players. "Spain ...
(Tribal Football)
  1. "Spain's problem was that Silva tried to do too much himself"

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Zico Praises Messi Goal to Grace Maracana
2014-06-16
The man who made Maracana Stadium his own paid tribute on Monday to the sparkling World Cup goal by Lionel Messi that graced the iconic venue. A day after the Argentine scored in the cathedral of Brazilian football, Zico applauded the strike on the ...
(ABC News)
  1. Zico: Messi goal was fantastic

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