Zico: I want to manage in Premier League

Brazilian legend Zico has revealed his desire to one day work in England. The current CSKA Moscow coach was linked with the Newcastle job following the resignation of Kevin Keegan, and has admitted he still has an eye on working in the Premier League. “In principle, I’d like to coach in England,” the Espana 82 hero says in an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo. “It’s great football – I like the style of play a lot. But what’s most important to me is that I carry on working.” Zico has enjoyed success since turning his hand to management, and could be on the radar of a number of clubs who are on the lookout for a new manager in the summer. “They linked me with Newcastle, the job at Manchester City and other clubs," he says. "When your name comes up…you never know where the truth lies, so you have to be wary of it.” Zico won the Asia Cup with Japan in 2004 – and in the last two years he has achieved back-to-back league and cup doubles in the Turkish and Uzbekistan leagues with Fenerbache and Bunyodkor respectively. And during the One-on-One interview, Artur (his real name) also discusses that 1982 World Cup side, often known as the greatest losers in football history. “There are those who say we should have been more defensive in 1982,” he says. “I don’t see it like that.” To discover Zico’s thoughts on Brazil 1970, match-fixing and Clive Thomas, read the interview in the new issue of FourFourTwo – out now.

FourFourTwo’s April issue, out now, is a South America special.

It features the 10 best new wonderkids from that continent, including exclusive interviews with Manchester United’s twins Fabio and Rafael da Silva plus Sao Paolo’s £100m-rated “new Kaka” Hernanes.

There are also interviews with Zico and Socrates; a look at the Boca Juniors academy responsible for Tevez, Burdisso, Gago, Banega et al; and the Lord of the Rings star so dedicated to Argentine outfit San Lorenzo that he bunked off a film set to see them play.