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Football: From Maracana to the sambadrome, Rio honours Zico

Published on Feb 26, 2014 10:33 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Zico may have failed to lift the trophy in three campaigns, but the former football legend's legacy will be at the heart of Rio Carnival celebrations marking World Cup year in Brazil.

The Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school will pay tribute to the former Brazil and Flamengo star, who also managed Japan and was nicknamed the "white Pele", when they perform on Monday.

Zico starred in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 campaigns of the "Selecao", which saw entertaining teams miss out on glory.

But the fans have not forgotten his silky skills.

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