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How to win the World Cup, by the men who've done it

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Mario Zagallo

(Won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958 and 1962 as a player, 1970 as manager, 1994 as assistant manager.)

Have the best set-up 
“The secret is to have a great structure off the pitch: a top medical team, physiotherapists, physiologist, psychologist and all the other specialists who help you to build an amazing team. Of course, it’s also important to have an outstanding team – players who can win matches. But they have to be well-maintained; that’s very important.”
 
Don’t be a slave to a system 
“It doesn’t make any difference. There’s no system that can win you the World Cup. You have to have desire and belief. Football nowadays has a lot of teams that are at the same level. And all of them play broadly the same system and style. What will make the difference besides talent is guts.”