|Full name||Arthur Antunes Coimbra|
|Date of birth||3 March 1953|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)1|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Portuguese pronunciation: [aʁˈtuʁ ɐ̃ˈtũnis koˈĩbɾɐ], born 3 March 1953 in Rio de Janeiro), better known as Zico ([ˈziku]), is a Brazilian coach and former footballer. Often called the "White Pelé", he is commonly considered one of the most skilled finishers and one of the best passers ever and possibly the world's best player of the late 70's and early 80's.3 He is also considered as one of history's greatest playmakers and free kick specialists, able to bend the ball in all directions with pace. 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".4
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.5 Zico is often considered one of the best players in football history not to have been on a World Cup winning squad. He was chosen 19816 and 1983 Player of the Year.
Zico has coached the Japanese national team, appearing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and winning the Asian Cup 2004, and Fenerbahçe, who were a quarter-finalist in 2007–08 in the Champions League under his command. He was announced as the head coach of CSKA Moscow in January 2009. On 16 September 2009, Zico was signed by Greek side Olympiacos for a two-year contract after the club's previous coach, Temuri Ketsbaia, was sacked. He was fired four months later, on 19 January 2010.7 On 30 May 2010, Zico announced that he would become the new Soccer Executive/Director for Flamengo, coming back to the team where he won his most important honors after 25 years. One of his demands is that his salary won't be paid by the club. Instead, it will be paid by Flamengo's sponsors such as Olympikus and BMG. His contract is for four years.
Zico came from a lower-middle-class family, in the neighborhood of Quintino, Rio de Janeiro. In common with many Brazilians, he spent much of his youth dreaming of playing professional football. In 1967, while still a teenager, he had a scheduled trial at América, where his brothers Antunes8 and Edu were playing at the time. But he caught the attention of the radio reporter and friend, Celso Garcia, who asked Zico's father to take him to a trial at Flamengo instead. Being a fan of Flamengo, Zico had his father's approval, beginning his path towards becoming one of the most admired players in the history of the sport.
Physically Zico was not strong, and his history of determination and discipline began with a hard muscle and body development program conducted by the Physical Education teacher José Roberto Francalacci. A combination of hard work and also a special diet sponsored by his team enabled him to develop a strong body and become an athlete. This later proved to be essential for his success.9
In 1971, he had some appearances in the professional team but only one year later, after 116 matches and 81 goals in the youth team, Zico was promoted to Flamengo's professional squad.
While at Flamengo, Zico was a key player during the most glorious period of the team's history. Along with many other titles, in his first period at Flamengo he led the team to victory in the 1981 Copa Libertadores, the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, and four national titles (1980/82/83/87). On the field, Zico made goals in all imaginable ways, was also a great assister and team organizer, and was known for his excellent vision of the field. He was a two-footed player and an expert at free kicks.5
In the 1978 World Cup against Sweden, Zico headed a corner kick into the goal in the final minute of the match, apparently breaking a 1–1 tie. However, in a call that became infamous, the Welsh referee Clive Thomas disallowed the goal, saying that he had blown the whistle to end the match while the ball was still in the air.10
1982 World Cup would see Zico as part of a fantastic squad, side by side with Falcão, Sócrates, Cerezo and Júnior. In spite of his 4 goals and great skills by that squad, the team was defeated by Paolo Rossi and Italy in the second round.
After receiving offers from AS Roma and AC Milan, it seemed right to move to Italy, and in a multi-million dollar transaction he was hired to play for Udinese Calcio. Though leaving Flamengo fans in sadness, he caused a commotion in Udine by making fans to dream about better days for the city's club. In the 1983–84 Serie A, his first in Italy, his partnership with Franco Causio promised to take Udinese to a higher level, gaining respect from giants Juventus and Roma. Despite his excellent performance, the club's season ended in disappointment as Udinese, in spite of scoring almost twice as many goals as the previous year, only gathered 32 points and was ninth in the final standing, losing three places in comparison to 1982-83. His personal top scoring dispute against Juventus's Michel Platini was exciting – Zico scored 19 goals, one fewer than top scorer Platini, having played 6 fewer matches than the French footballer. His following season would be punctuated by injuries, suspensions due to openly attacking referees, and a great match against Napoli's Diego Maradona – his last one as a bianconero.
Problems with Italian tax authorities forced him to leave the country, then Zico returned to Brazil and Flamengo, sponsored by a group of companies.
On his return, he suffered a knee injury after a violent tackle from Bangu's defender Marcio Nunes, which interrupted his career for several months. He played in the 1986 FIFA World Cup while still injured, and missed a penalty during regular time in the quarter-final match against France. The match ended in a tie which led to a shootout. Zico then scored his goal but after penalties missed by Sócrates and Júlio César, Brazil were knocked out. Recovered from injuries, things improved for Zico in 1987 when he led Flamengo to its fourth national title.11
Two months later, he would play his last match ever as a Flamengo player facing a World Cup Masters team composed of names like Eric Gerets, Claudio Gentile, Franco Causio, Alberto Tarantini, Jorge Valdano, Mario Kempes, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Falcão.13 With 731 matches for Flamengo, Zico is the player with the 2nd most appearances for the club. His 508 goals make him the club's top scorer ever.
The achievements of the greatest idol in Flamengo's history1415 inspired the Brazilian singer Jorge Benjor to write a song in his honour – Camisa 10 da Gávea – helping create the mystique of the club's number 10.
After Brazil's first presidential election in many years, the new president Fernando Collor de Mello appointed Zico as his Minister of Sports. Zico stayed at this political assignment for about a year and his most important contribution was a piece of legislation dealing with the business side of sport teams.
In 1991, Zico interrupted his political assignment when he accepted an offer to join the Sumitomo Metal Industries Soccer Club in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, to help the club secure a place in Japan's first fully professional soccer league that was set to officially launch in 1993 – J. League. Zico played for Sumitomo in 1992, the last season before the old Japan Soccer League was disbanded, and finished as the league's top scorer. When the new league launched, the small town club, renamed Kashima Antlers, was not expected to compete with richer, more glamorous clubs like Yokohama Marinos and Verdy Kawasaki. Zico, however, helped the Antlers to win the J.League Suntory Series and a runners-up finish in its inaugural season, leading the club to cement its place among the league's elite.
Zico retired from professional football during the 1994 season but received an invitation to play Beach Soccer. He returned to Kashima to become the Antlers' technical adviser in 1995, splitting his time between Japan and Brazil – where he still managed to find time to play Beach Soccer. One year later, in 1996, he founded CFZ (Zico Football Centre) in Rio de Janeiro. Zico founded another club, named CFZ de Brasília, in 1999. By this time, he was a local legend in Japan for having built a contender from almost nothing and putting the city of Kashima on the map. A statue in his honor stands outside Kashima Soccer Stadium.17
- This information includes Zico's official, friendly, and exhibition games.
|Brazil National Team (official matches)||72||52||0.72|
|Brazil National Team (unofficial matches)||16||14||0.88|
|Brazil Olympic Team||8||1||0.12|
|Various Select Teams||70||60||0.85|
- This information is based on Zico's senior career totals.18
|1979||8||5||17 + 26 (43)||26 + 34 (60)||–||–||–||–||51||65|
|1981||8||3||33||25||–||–||13||11||54 + 13||39|
|Brazil national team|
- Rio State Championship 1972, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1979 (special), 1981, 1986
- Brazilian Championship 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987
- Copa Libertadores 1981
- World Championship 1981
- J.League Suntory Series 1993
- Bola de Ouro Brazilian Footballer of the Year
- Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
- Flamengo record holder of top scorer in a season – 49 goals20
- Rio State Championship Top Scorer – 27 goals
- Brazilian season top scorer – 48 goals22
- Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
- South American Footballer of the Year
- Rio State Championship Top Scorer – 19 goals
- Rio State Championship Top Scorer – 21 goals
- Bola de Ouro Brazilian Footballer of the Year
- Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
- Brazilian Championship Top Scorer – 21 goals
- Brazilian season top scorer – 59 goals27
- World Cup Bronze Boot
- World Cup All-Star Team player
- South American Footballer of the Year
- Selected in FIFA XI to play against Europe Team – Scored 1 goal28
- 4th Best Player of the Year – World Soccer Magazine (England)29
- Japan Soccer League record for goals scored in consecutive matches – 11 goals in 10 straight matches
- 10th Greatest Footballer of All Time – World Soccer Magazine (England)
- Top Scorer in Flamengo's history – 508 goals
- Top Scorer in Maracanã Stadium's history – 333 goals
- Beach Soccer World Championship 1995, 1996
- American cup Beach Soccer 1995, 1996
- 1995 Beach Soccer World Championship Top Scorer – 12 goals
- 1995 Beach Soccer World Championship Best Player
After the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Japan Football Association looked for a replacement for the outgoing Philippe Troussier, and chose Zico as his successor. Despite his lack of coaching experience besides his stint as Brazil's technical coordinator during the 1998 World Cup, Zico had great understanding of Japanese soccer from his playing days and his role as Kashima's technical director. In addition, JFA had grown tired of Troussier's clashes with the media while the players were frustrated with his micromanagement. In contrast, Zico commanded respect from reporters and urged players to express themselves on the pitch.32
Although Zico attempted to instill a free-flowing, attacking mentality to the team, his regime got off to an uneven start, which included a 4–1 loss to Argentina in 2003. Japan had a respectable showing at that year's Confederations Cup but struggled again in the beginning of 2004, only narrowly beating Oman in the first stage of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and several players were suspended after a drinking incident.33 Although Japan had not lost in its nine previous matches, he was rumored to be on the verge of resigning and a small group of fans marched in the streets of Tokyo demanding his firing.34
He stayed on, however, and won the 2004 Asian Cup despite intimidation from Chinese fans and a team that featured just one European-based player, Shunsuke Nakamura.35 He then helped Japan qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup with just one loss.
Despite the rocky start, injuries to key players and even a bizarre offer from Garforth Town,36 Zico has led Japan to its third World Cup finals appearance and the third Asian Cup title in four tries. His Japanese team is heavily influenced by Brazil's short passing style, but he has been flexible enough to switch between 4-4-2 and 3–5–2 formations. In addition, he has had a respectable record on European soil, beating Czech Republic and Greece and drawing with England, Brazil and most recently Germany.
However, Japan failed to win a single match at the Finals, losing twice (to Australia and Brazil) and drawing once (to Croatia), and scoring just two goals while conceding seven. He resigned from Japan at the end of the World Cup campaign.
In July 2006, signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahçe.37 He won the league title in 2007 and won Turkish Super Cup on the first year of his job. Under his command Fenerbahçe has qualified from UEFA Champions League 2007–08 groups stage for the first time of club's history and beat Sevilla FC to become a quarter-finalist in 2007–08 season. So far, he also is the team's most successful manager in the history of the European arena.
Zico was given a new nickname by Fenerbahçe fans: Kral Arthur (meaning "King Arthur" in Turkish). For the team's nickname King Arthur and his Knights. In a chat hosted by uefa.com he pointed out that it is unlikely he will sign a contract extension with Fenerbahçe. This was confirmed on 10 June 2008 when he resigned as Fenerbahce manager.
On 8 September 2008, Zico revealed that he would be interested taking over the vacant managers position at Newcastle United following the resignation of Kevin Keegan. He is quoted saying "The Newcastle job is one that I would be very interested in taking. It would be a privilege and an honour, I've always wanted to experience the Premier League as I believe I could enjoy much success coaching in England." He also commented that he isn't bothered about the structure of the board at Newcastle United, "I am used to working alongside technical directors so this isn't an issue for me. It's normal for me to work in those conditions."
Less than a week later Zico signed a 2-year contract with Olympiacos F.C..3839 Despite the absence of numerous first-team players due to injuries, he led the Greek club to a comfortable 2nd place in Group H of the Champions League, earning the qualification to the knockout stage. In the Greek Superleague his first results were also impressive, but the success lasted only till early winter and the fans started to complain about both the results and the playing style of the team.40 And they were ready to use violence against him (or his team) in order to achieve their ends.41 Finally on 19 January 2010, after a negative series of 4 matches with just one win, though his team lost only two times (twelve wins and four draws) in the Greek Superleague, Zico was sacked.42
On 30 May 2010, Zico announced that he would become the new Soccer Executive/Director for Flamengo, coming back to the team where he won his most important honors after 25 years. One of his demands is that his salary won't be paid by the club. Instead, it will be paid by Flamengo's sponsors such as Olympikus and BMG. His contract is for four years.
He signed a contract with Iraq Football Federation on 28 August 2011 and first managed the national team in a match against Jordan on 2 September 2011. Zico resigned as coach of the Iraqi national team on 27 November 2012 after little more than a year in the post, saying the country’s football association had failed to fulfill the terms of his contract. He had 10 wins and six draws in 21 games with Iraq.
- CSKA Moscow
Zico is the grandson of Fernando Antunes Coimbra (paternal grandfather) and Arthur Ferreira da Costa Silva (maternal grandfather), both Portuguese. His father, José Antunes Coimbra, also Portuguese (b. Tondela, 1901; d. Rio de Janeiro, 1986), came to Brazil at age of 10. Zico's mother, Matilde Ferreira da Silva Costa, was born in 1919.
In 1975 he married Sandra Carvalho de Sá, whose sister, Sueli, is Edu's wife. Zico has three sons, Arthur Jr., Bruno, and Thiago.43 He is also a member of the legendary squad Classic Eleven from the FIFA video games series.
- "Biography for Zico".
- Brazil – Record International Players
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- Oswaldo Tinhorão
- Daniel Pearl (3 April 2006). "No flair please, he's Brazilian". London: BBC. Retrieved 3 July 2006.
- Brasileño Zico--futbolista del año
- "Olympiacos sack Zico after four months in charge". ESPN (ESPN). 19 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
- "From Quintino's Juventude to Flamengo".
- "Zico – Legends of the Football World Cup". Retrieved 23 June 2006.
- "Zico conquers The World".
- http://www.flaestatistica.com/t1989.htm (See match 62: C.R. Flamengo 5 x 0 Fluminense (RJ))
- "Maracanã 90: Almost a goodbye".
- (Portuguese) "Zico: Profile".
- (Portuguese) "Zico – 50 years".
- (German) Matthias Greulich (22 June 2006). "The savior ventures more democracy". Der Spiegel.
- Dominic Raynor (24 May 2006). "Rising sons with higher hopes". Soccernet.
- According to data from rsssf.com, ziconarede.com and flaestatistica.com
- Record of goals for Flamengo in a single season Site. Zico na rede - Flamengo 1974
- Record of goals for Flamengo in a single season and scorer of Brazil in the year Site. Zico na rede - Flamengo 1976
- Brazil's top scorer this season Site. Zico na rede - 1977
- Record of goals for Flamengo in a single season and scorer of Brazil Site. Zico na rede - Flamengo 1979
- Brazil's top scorer this season Site. Zico na rede - 1980
- ABC MADRID Madrid, December 23, 1980
- Jurado eligió al brasileño Zico como futbolista del año, por delante de Maradona, Rummenigge, Kalíz, Blokhine, Krol, Júnior y Breitner ABC - Madrid, December 19, 1981
- Brazil's top scorer this season Site. Zico na rede - 1982
- FIFA XI - 1979, 1982 - www.rsssf.com - FIFA XI
- World Soccer" Football of the Year 1982
- World Soccer" Football of the Year 1983
- World Soccer" Football of the Year 1984
- "Japan look to Zico". 2002 FIFA World Cup. 1 August 2002.
- "Japanese players dropped over alleged drinking incident". Associated Press. 19 March 2004.
- "Under-fire Zico gets boost from supporters". Agence France-Presse. 6 March 2004.
- "Hand of Nakata gives Japan Asian Cup victory". Agence France-Presse. 7 August 2004.
- "Samba stars to join Garforth Town". London: BBC. 27 October 2004. Retrieved 29 October 2005.
- "Fenerbahçe sign Zico as coach". Reuters. 4 July 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2006.
- "Zico takes charge at Olympiacos". UEFA (uefa.com). 16 September 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- "Brazilian Zico appointed as Olympiakos coach". ESPN (ESPN). 16 September 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- Olympiakos Piräus trennt sich von Trainer Zico
- "Zico says he is disappointed with life as coach". USA Today. 20 January 2010.
He is also a member of the legendary squad Classic Eleven of the FIFA(video game) series.
- Zico’s official website
- zico in the goals totality
- Russia fan’s club Zico
- Zico: Goals First Division
- Prolific Scorers Data
- Zico goals of the Brazilian team
- Zico: The Movie
- Zico na rede: The Movie
- Profil on TFF.org
- Brazilian 20th century in sports
- Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
- Brazilian footballer of the year - Bola de ouro / Bola de prata
- Brazilian gunners
- The Best Brazilian player in Italy
- South American Player of the Year
- Jornal do Brasil newspapers 5º Footballer of the Year - " Guerin Sportivo " Magazine 1980
- World Footballer of the Year - "Guerin Sportivo Magazine" 1981
- FIFA Awards - World Cup 1982
- FIFA Awards - ten best players in world cup 1982
- "World Soccer" - 4º Footballer of the Year 1982
- "World Soccer" - Footballer of the Year 1983
- "World Soccer" - 3º Footballer of the Year 1984
- Greatest Brazilian player of century
- South America Player of the Century
- Player of the Century " France Football"
- The Greatest Footballers of All-Time "World soccer"
- The World's best Player of the Century "IFFHS"
- "The Best of The Best"
- All-Time World Squad "World soccer"
- Hall of the fame FIFA
- Zico statistics "FIFA World Cup
- Golden foot Legends
- official website Udinese tribute to Zico "Pour sa maestà Zico"
- Zico matter, at the height of his career magazine Veja
- Tribute to 50 years of Zico, with interviews and testimonials
- Tribute Site Globo.com by 25 years of winning the World Interclubes
- Zico Legends
- Youtube, Zico goals
- Zico’s Profile
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