Zagallo loses 10 kilos but not his energy
Mario Zagallo declared he had lost 10 kilos
but none of his energy as he resumed his role as Brazil's technical
advisor on Monday following a stomach operation in May.
Zagallo, who played for Brazil at two World Cups and coached them at a
further three, spent more than a month in hospital after an operation to
unblock his duodenum.
"I'm still getting over it, I lost 10 kilos. It was a hell of a blow and
it could have been a lot worse," the 73-year-old told reporters as
Brazil announced their squad for this month's friendly in Croatia. "But
I've still got all of my energy."
Zagallo said he would not travel to Croatia but expected to be on the
bench when Brazil face Chile at home in a World Cup qualifier on
The Old Wolf led Brazil to World Cup victory in 1970, fourth place in
West Germany four years later and runners-up in France in 1998.
He also won the World Cup as a player in 1958 and 1962 and was assistant
coach when Brazil won the title in 1994.