Zico (footballer)

Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Portuguese pronunciation: [aʁˈtuʁ ɐ̃ˈtũnis koˈĩbɾɐ], born 3 March 1953), better known as Zico ([ˈziku]), is a Brazilian football coach and former player who played as an attacking midfielder. Often called the "White Pelé",[2] he was a creative playmaker, with excellent technical skills, vision and an eye for goal, who is considered one of the most clinical finishers and best passers ever, as well as one of the greatest players of all time.[3][4][5][6] He is also widely regarded as the greatest Brazilian to never win the World Cup. One of the world's best players of the late 1970s and early 1980s, he is regarded as one of the best playmakers and free kick specialists in history, able to bend the ball in all directions.[7] As stated on goal.com, Zico is the player that scored the most goals from direct free kicks, with 101 goals.[8]

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Managing Iraq during their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Oman
Personal information
Full name Arthur Antunes Coimbra
Date of birth (1953-03-03) 3 March 1953 (age 70)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kashima Antlers (technical adviser)
Youth career
1967–1971 Flamengo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1983 Flamengo 212 (123)
1983–1985 Udinese 39 (22)
1985–1989 Flamengo 37 (12)
1991–1994 Kashima Antlers 45 (35)
Total 333 (192)
International career
1976–1986 Brazil 71 (48)
Managerial career
1999 Kashima Antlers
2000–2002 CFZ
2002–2006 Japan
2006–2008 Fenerbahçe
2008 Bunyodkor
2009 CSKA Moscow
2009–2010 Olympiacos
2011–2012 Iraq
2013–2014 Al-Gharafa
2014–2016 FC Goa
2018–2022 Kashima Antlers (technical director)
2022- Kashima Antlers (technical adviser)
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil (as player)
FIFA World Cup
Third place 1978 Argentina
Copa América
Third place 1979 South America
Representing  Japan (as manager)
AFC Asian Cup
Winner 2004 China
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

In 1999, Zico came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.[9][10] As stated by Pelé himself, considered one of the greatest players of all time, "throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico".[11]

With 48 goals in 71 official appearances for Brazil, Zico is the fifth highest goalscorer for his national team.[12] He represented Brazil 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.[13] Zico is often considered one of the best players in football history not to have been a member of a World Cup winning squad. He was chosen as the 1981[14] and 1983 Player of the Year.

Zico has coached the Japanese national team, appearing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and winning the 2004 Asian Cup, 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. In September 2009, Zico was signed by Greek side Olympiacos for a two-year contract after the club's previous coach, Temuri Ketsbaia, was dismissed. He was fired four months later, in January 2010.[15] In August 2011, Zico was appointed as coach of Iraq to lead them in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. He resigned on 29 November 2012.[16]

Zico works as technical director at Kashima Antlers.

Early yearsEdit

A teenage Zico in 1971

Born in 1953, Zico came from a lower-middle-class family of Portuguese origin, in the neighbourhood of Quintino Bocaiúva, Rio de Janeiro. In common with many young Brazilians, he spent much of his youth dreaming of being a professional footballer and skipped school to play football on the streets. His passion for the sport made him famous in the neighbourhood, where people would gather to see the boy's brilliant performances against older children and teenagers. At that time he was playing for Juventude, a local futsal street team run by his older brothers and friends, and had also begun to play for futsal club River Futebol Clube on Sundays.

His nickname originated in Zico's own family from increasingly shortened versions of Arthurzinho ("Little Arthur") which then became Arthurzico, then Tuzico and, finally, Zico, a version created by his cousin Ermelinda "Linda" Rolim.[17]

In 1967, at 14 years old, he had a scheduled trial at América, where his brothers Antunes[18] and Edu were professional players. But on a Sunday, during a River match, Zico scored nine goals and caught the attention of radio reporter Celso Garcia, who asked Zico's father to take him to a trial at Flamengo instead. Being a Flamengo fan, Zico had his father's approval, and so began his path towards becoming one of the most admired players in the history of the sport.

Youth careerEdit

Zico was not physically strong, and his story of determination and discipline began with a tough muscle and body development program conducted by physical education teacher José Roberto Francalacci. A combination of hard work and also a special diet sponsored by his team enabled Zico to develop a strong body and become an athlete; this later proved to be essential for his success.[19]

During 1971 and 1972, he shifted from youth to professional team and back. Coach Fleitas Solich had confidence in Zico's abilities and promoted him, on the other hand the situation changed when the Paraguayan coach left and Zagallo took over. He believed Zico to be too young and sent him back to the youth team. Things only improved for Zico when Joubert, his first coach at the youth team, was appointed the new coach for the seniors and fully promoted him after 116 matches and 81 goals in the youth team.

Club careerEdit

Flamengo (1971–1983)Edit

Zico while playing in Flamengo in 1981

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, 1982, 1983 and 1987). On the field, Zico made goals in all imaginable ways, was also a great assister and team organiser and was known for his excellent vision of the field. He was a two-footed player and an expert at free kicks.[13]

Udinese (1983–1985)Edit

After receiving offers from A.S. Roma and A.C. Milan, moving to Italy seemed right and a four-million dollar proposal from Udinese was on the table. Such an amount of money made bigger clubs pressure the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) that blocked the transfer expecting financial guarantees. This caused a commotion in Udine as enraged Friulians flocked to the streets in protest against the Italian federation and the federal government. Historical reasons would make them shout "O Zico, o Austria!" ("Either Zico or Austria"). At the end of the controversy, the deal went through and though leaving Flamengo fans in sadness, Zico made the Friulians fans finally dream of better days.

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. His free kicks caused such an impact that TV sports programs would debate how to stop them. 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. Zico scored 19 goals,[20] one fewer than top scorer Michel Platini, having played 4 fewer matches than the French footballer due to an injury. Plus, he was voted 1983 Player of the Year by World Soccer Magazine.

His following season would be punctuated by injuries and suspensions for openly attacking referees. He also used to complain about the board's lack of ambition for not signing competitive players, which made the team too dependent on him. Furthermore, Italian tax officials pressed charges against him for tax evasion. Pressured, Zico delivered an amazing display against Diego Maradona's Napoli, his last match as a bianconero, and returned to Brazil and Flamengo, sponsored by a group of companies.

He became a fan favorite with his spectacular goals and is still adored now by all Udinese fans.[21][22]

Back to Flamengo (1985–1989)Edit

Only one month after returning, he suffered a severe knee injury after a violent tackle from Bangu's defender Marcio Nunes, which interrupted his career for several months, even affecting his form in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Recovered from injuries, things improved for Zico in 1987 when he led Flamengo to the Copa União title.[23][24]

December 1989 marks Zico's last official appearance for Flamengo in a Brazilian National Championship match against rivals Fluminense. Zico scored the first goal and Flamengo won the match 5–0.[25]

Two months later, at Maracanã, 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.[26] 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.[27]

The achievements of the greatest idol in Flamengo's history[28][29] inspired the Brazilian singer Jorge Ben Jor to write a song in his honour – Camisa 10 da Gávea – helping create the mystique of the club's number 10.

Brief retirementEdit

Zico represented Brazil in the World Cup of Masters, scoring in the final of the 1990 and 1991 editions.

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.

Kashima Antlers (1991–1994)Edit

In 1991, Zico interrupted his political assignment when he accepted an offer to join the Sumitomo Metals in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, at the time in the second tier, to help the club secure a place in Japan's first fully professional football league that was set to officially launch in 1993 – J1 League. Zico played for Sumitomo in 1991–92, the last season before the old Japan Soccer League was disbanded, and finished as the second division's top scorer. When the new league launched, In the opening match of the J.League he scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 win over Nagoya Grampus.[30] The small town club, promoted and rebranded 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. On 15 June 1994, he scored the final goal in his career in a 2–1 win over Júbilo Iwata.[31]

His discipline, talent and professionalism meshed very well with Japanese culture and his influence earned him the nickname サッカーの神様 (sakkā no kamisama) from Japanese football fans.[32] He became 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.[33]

International careerEdit

An episode related to Brazil national football team almost made Zico give up on his career. He made his international debut in the South American Qualifier to the 1972 Summer Olympics playing 5 matches and scoring the qualifying goal against Argentina. Despite this fact, he wasn't called up to the Munich games. He felt extremely frustrated and told his father in dismay he wanted to stop playing football. He was even absent from training at Flamengo for 10 days, being later convinced otherwise by his brothers.

In the opening group match of 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 from a corner.[2] In the second round, he scored from a penalty in a 3–0 win over Peru. Zico eventually won a bronze medal with Brazil at the tournament, defeating Italy in the 3rd place final.[34] Zico also won another bronze medal with Brazil in the 1979 Copa América.

The 1982 World Cup would see Zico as part of a fantastic squad, side by side with Falcão, Sócrates, Éder, Cerezo and Júnior. In spite of his 4 goals and the great amount of skill in that squad (Zico was involved in eight consecutive goals scored by Brazil), the team was defeated 3–2 by Paolo Rossi and Italy in the final match of the second round group stage.[2]

He played in the 1986 FIFA World Cup while still injured and only appeared as a second-half substitute throughout the tournament;[2] in the quarter-final match against France during regulation time, he helped Brazil win a penalty, but then missed his kick.[35] The match ended in a tie which led to a shootout. Zico then scored his goal, but penalties missed by Sócrates and Júlio César saw Brazil knocked out of the tournament.[2]

Having been cleared of all the tax evasion charges by Italian officials in 1988,[36] Zico decided to pay a tribute to Udine, the city that had madly welcomed him six years before, and played his farewell match for the Seleção in March 1989 losing 1–2 to a World All-Stars team at Stadio Friuli.[citation needed]

Style of playEdit

A classic number 10, Zico usually played as an attacking midfielder, although he was also capable of playing in several other attacking and midfield positions, and was also deployed as a central midfielder, as a second striker or inside forward, or even as an outside forward; he is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.[5][36][37][38] A diminutive playmaker, with a small, slender physique, although he was naturally right-footed, he was essentially a two-footed player, who was known for his flair, speed, exceptional technique, ball control and dribbling skills, as well as his use of tricks and feints to beat opponents with the ball.[3][4][13][37][39][40][41][42][43] Former Dutch international Ruud Gullit rated Zico as "one of the best dribblers in the history of the game", describing him as "very nimble".[44] Although he was not physically imposing, Zico was a quick, complete and highly creative player, with excellent vision, who is considered to be one of the best passers of all time and was known for his trademark no-look passes.[4][37][39][40][41][45][46] In addition to being an elite creator of goalscoring opportunities, Zico was also a prolific goalscorer himself and an excellent finisher, due to his powerful and accurate striking ability, which made him extremely clinical in front of goal; as such he is also regarded by pundits as one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of the game.[3][4][5][6][37][42]

He was also a set-piece specialist, who was renowned for his ability to bend the ball and score from dead ball situations and is considered to be one of the greatest free-kick takers of all time.[3][5][7][13][37] Zico's unique free kick technique, which saw him place significant importance on his standing foot, often saw him lean back and raise his knee at a very high angle when hitting the ball with his instep, thus enabling him to lift it high over the wall, before it dropped back down again; his method of striking the ball allowed him to score free kicks even from close range, within 20 to 16 metres from the goal, or even from just outside the penalty area. Moreover, due to his technique, mentality, unpredictability and accuracy in dead ball situations, he was capable of placing the ball in either top or bottom corner on either side of the goal, which made it difficult for goalkeepers to read his free kicks.[37][47][48] His ability from set-pieces inspired several other specialists, such as Roberto Baggio and Andrea Pirlo.[49][50]

In addition to his footballing skills, Zico was also known for his leadership, mental strength and determination, as well as his stamina, dedication and for having an outstanding work-ethic;[2][39][47] indeed, he was often known for staying behind in training to practice and refine his free kicks.[47] Throughout his career, Zico was nicknamed O Galinho ("The Little Rooster", in Portuguese).[51]

Despite his ability, his career was plagued by injuries.[52]


Zico retired from professional football during the 1994 season but received an invitation to play beach soccer, winning the Beach Soccer World Cup 1995. Scoring 12 goals, he was the top scorer and was named the best player of the tournament. 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 won his second Beach Soccer World Cup with Brazil, scoring in the final against Uruguay. He founded CFZ (Zico Football Centre) in Rio de Janeiro. Zico founded another club, named CFZ de Brasília, in 1999.

Coaching careerEdit


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.[53]

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.[54] 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.[55]

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.[56] 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,[57] Zico led Japan to its third World Cup finals appearance and the third Asian Cup title in four tries. His Japanese team was heavily influenced by Brazil's short passing style and he was 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 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.[58] 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[when?] 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 Fenerbahçe 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."

Bunyodkor, CSKA Moscow and OlympiakosEdit

Zico in 2009 as manager of PFC CSKA Moscow

In 2008, he coached FC Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, where he won the Uzbekistani Cup and the Uzbek League. He subsequently took over at Russian side CSKA Moscow but was fired on 10 September 2009.

Less than a week later Zico signed a 2-year contract with Olympiacos F.C.[59][60] 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. 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.[61]


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.


On 6 August 2013, he signed a two-year deal to coach, Al-Gharafa. [62]

FC GoaEdit

Indian Super League side FC Goa signed Zico as their coach for the debut season in 2014.[63] Though Goa had a slow start to the season, they ultimately qualified for the semifinals with a game in hand by defeating Chennaiyin FC.[64] In 2015 FC Goa did really well to reach the final. Eventually Goa lost 3–2 to Chennaiyin FC. Zico has been regarded as Goa's new legend among the local fan base. In January 2017, FC Goa confirmed ending their three-year association with Zico. Keeping the logistical challenges of the upcoming season in mind, the two parties amicably came to this decision.

Administrative rolesEdit

Zico was a director at Kashima Antlers between 1996 and 2002.[65]

On 30 May 2010, it was announced that Zico would become the new Flamengo's football director on a four-year deal, coming back to the team where he won his most important honors after 25 years. This comeback, however, lasted only five months as he resigned due to disagreements with the board.

On 10 June 2015, Zico officially announced he would run for the FIFA presidency role after the recent announcement of Sepp Blatter's resignation following the alleged corruption surrounding the winning bids from Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

In August 2018, Zico returned to Kashima Antlers as technical director, 16 years after his previous spell as a director at the club.[66]

Personal lifeEdit

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.

Zico was the youngest of six children—Maria José (Zezé), Antunes, Nando, Edu and Antônio (Tonico).

In 1969 Zico met his future wife, Sandra Carvalho de Sá. In 1970 the couple became engaged and married in 1975.[67][68][69] Sandra's sister, Sueli, is Edu's wife. Zico has three sons, Arthur Jr., Bruno and Thiago.[70] Zico is also a member of the legendary squad Classic Eleven from the FIFA video games series. Zico is Roman Catholic.[71]

Career statisticsEdit



  • This information is based on Zico's senior career totals.[72]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League League Regional
Cup1 Continental2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Flamengo 1971 Série A 15 2 2 0 17 2
1972 4 0 2 0 6 0
1973 26 8 9 0 35 8
1974 19 11 31 19 50 30
1975 27 10 28 30 55 40
1976 20 14 27 18 47 32
1977 18 10 29 27 47 37
1978 0 0 22 19 22 19
1979 8 5 (17 + 263) 43 (26 + 343) 60 51 65
1980 19 21 26 12 45 33
1981 8 3 33 25 13 11 554 39
1982 23 20 21 21 4 2 48 43
1983 25 19 4 3 29 22
Total 212 123 273 231 21 16 507 370
Udinese 1983–84 Serie A 24 19 9 5 33 24
1984–85 15 3 5 3 20 6
Total 39 22 14 8 53 30
Flamengo 1985 Serié A 3 1 3 2 6 3
1986 0 0 4 3 4 3
1987 12 5 5 1 17 6
1988 14 4 6 0 20 4
1989 8 2 11 2 7 3 1 0 27 7
Total 37 12 29 8 7 3 1 0 74 23
Sumitomo Metals 1991–92 JSL2 22 21 2 1 24 22
Kashima Antlers 1992 J.League 12 7 12 7
1993 16 9 7 3 23 12
1994 7 5 7 5
Total 45 35 21 11 66 46
Career total 333 192 302 239 42 22 22 16 700 469

1Include Copa do Brasil, Coppa Italia, JSL Cup, J.League Cup, and Emperor's Cup
2Include Copa Libertadores and Supercopa Sudamericana
3Campeonato Carioca extra tournament
4Include Intercontinental Cup


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
(official matches)
1976 9 6
1977 7 6
1978 11 3
1979 5 5
1980 5 4
1981 12 10
1982 11 8
1983 1 0
1984 0 0
1985 5 3
1986 5 3
Total 71 48

Managerial statisticsEdit


Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Kashima Antlers 1999 1999 15 10 2 3 066.67
CFZ 2002 2002 3 0 3 0 000.00
Japan 2002 2006 71 37 16 18 052.11
Fenerbahçe 2006 2008 120 74 28 18 061.67
Bunyodkor 2008 2008 13 10 1 2 076.92
CSKA Moscow 2009 2009 35 20 5 10 057.14
Olympiacos 2009 2010 21 12 4 5 057.14
Iraq 2011 2012 22 10 6 6 045.45
Al-Gharafa 2013 2014 20 5 7 8 025.00
FC Goa 2014 2016 47 18 12 17 038.30
Total 319 166 74 79 052.04





Kashima Antlers[75]


Brazil U23





CSKA Moscow
FC Goa




International goalsEdit

Scores and results; list Brazil's goal tally first.[91]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 February 1976 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay   Uruguay 1–0 2–1 Friendly
2. 27 February 1976 Estadio Antonio V. Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina   Argentina 2–0 2–1
3. 28 April 1976 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Uruguay 2–1 2–1
4. 31 May 1976 Yale Bowl, New Haven, United States   Italy 3–1 4–1
5. 9 June 1976 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Paraguay 1–0 3–1
6. 1 December 1976   Soviet Union 1–0 2–0
7. 9 March 1977   Colombia 2–0 6–0 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifier
8. 23 June 1977   Scotland 1–0 2–0 Friendly
9. 14 July 1977 Estadio Pascual Guerrero, Cali, Colombia   Bolivia 1–0 8–0 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifier
10. 2–0
11. 4–0
12. 6–0
13. 1 May 1978 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Peru 1–0 3–0 Friendly
14. 17 May 1978   Czechoslovakia 1–0 3–0
15. 14 June 1978 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina   Peru 3–0 3–0 1978 FIFA World Cup
16. 17 May 1979 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Paraguay 3–0 6–0 Friendly
17. 17 May 1979 4–0 6–0
18. 17 May 1979 5–0 6–0
19. 2 August 1979   Argentina 1–0 2–1 1979 Copa América
20. 16 September 1979 Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil   Bolivia 2–0 2–0
21. 24 June 1980 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil   Chile 1–0 2–1 Friendly
22. 29 June 1980 Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil   Poland 1–1 1–1
23. 30 October 1980 Estádio Serra Dourada, Goiânia, Brazil   Paraguay 1–0 6–0
24. 2–0
25. 8 February 1981 Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela   Venezuela 1–0 6–0 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier
26. 14 February 1981 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador   Ecuador 1–0 6–0 Friendly
27. 14 March 1981 Estádio Santa Cruz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil   Chile 1–0 2–1
28. 22 March 1981 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Bolivia 1–0 3–1 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier
29. 2–0 3–1
30. 3–1 3–1
31. 29 March 1981 Estádio Serra Dourada, Goiânia, Brazil   Venezuela 4–0 5–0
32. 12 May 1981 Wembley Stadium, London, England   England 1–0 1–0 Friendly
33. 15 May 1981 Parc des Princes, Paris, France   France 1–0 3–1
34. 28 October 1981 Estádio Olímpico, Porto Alegre, Brazil   Bulgaria 2–0 3–0
35. 3 March 1982 Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil   Czechoslovakia 1–0 1–1
36. 5 May 1982 Castelão, São Luís, Brazil   Portugal 3–0 3–1
37. 19 May 1982 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil   Switzerland 1–0 1–1
38. 27 May 1982 Parque do Sabiá, Uberlândia, Brazil   Republic of Ireland 7–0 7–0
39. 18 June 1982 Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain   Scotland 1–1 4–1 1982 FIFA World Cup
40. 23 June 1982   New Zealand 1–0 4–0
41. 2–0
42. 2 July 1982 Estadi de Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain   Argentina 1–0 3–1
43. 8 June 1985 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil   Chile 1–0 3–1 Friendly
44. 2–0
45. 16 June 1985 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Paraguay 2–0 2–0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifier
46. 30 April 1986 Estádio do Arruda, Recife, Brazil   Yugoslavia 1–0 4–2 Friendly
47. 2–2
48. 3–2

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