Footballers who entered the field of politics


Eight years after the 1982 World Cup, Zico became Brazil’s Sports Minister. The former flamingo legend cared more about soccer than anything else, and his illegitimate effort to direct government assistance to a few Brazilian specialist clubs led him to be at the head of the sports ministry for only one year. After moving away from politics, Zico returned to the back of football and coached in Japan, Iraq, Brazil and Turkey.