May
09
2008
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Mazinho

lomar do Nascimento, better known as Mazinho, was one of the key midfielders in the 1994 Brazilian football team that claimed FIFA World Cup™ glory by defeating Italy in a penalty Shootout at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl stadium. Now 42, Mazinho has been living in Barcelona for two-and-a-half years and he is totally focused on the fledgling football careers of his three sons. His two eldest, Thiago and Rafael, are currently in Barcelona’s youth team setup and they could hardly have wished for a better adviser than their father, who has nothing but praise for his sons. “Apart from the fact that I am their father and naturally excited, I can honestly say that they definitely have what it takes to make a career in football.” The world champion’s sons have already caught the eye of various national youth team coaches and Thiago was just 16 when he received his first call-up for the Spanish U-17 team. “I would love him to play for Brazil, if only because of my past,” admits Mazinho, who was also part of the Brazilian football teems that won Olympic silver at the Seoul Games in 1988 as well as the Copa America title in 1989. “Sadly, players who have been coached abroad are very rarely called up by Brazil. He’ll probably end up playing for Spain. He is very happy there … and that is all that matters.”