33 – Zico: Brazil v Scotland 1982 – 90 World Cup Minutes in 90 Days

WFI‘s Adam Brandon counts down to Russia 2018 with 90 World Cup goals in 90 days, scored in the minute corresponding to the day in the countdown.


The 1982 World Cup in Spain was eventually won by Italy, but it was Brazil who captured the hearts of football supporters with a series of stunning performances and array of great goals.

Their superstar Zico helped Brazil overcome the Soviet Union in their opening game after they had surprisingly fallen behind.

They had to come from behind again in their next game against Scotland too, however it didn’t take long until they found a way past the Scottish defence.


The Goal

On the third 33rd minute the Brazilians win a free kick about twenty-five yards out and Zico stepped up to take it…


What Happened Next?

Brazil went on to to win 4-1, and they followed this up with another four goal victory over New Zealand.

In the next round they took Argentina apart in an impressive 3-1 victory where they managed to keep a certain Diego Maradona quiet, albeit a little roughly at times.

We saw how Brazil’s run came to a sudden and shock end against Italy in – 74′.

Meanwhile Zico’s long career with Flamengo was interrupted with a two year spell in Italy.

He surprised many by signing for unfashionable Udinese, and although he didn’t quite have the same inspirational uplifting impact as Maradona did at Napoli, he scored plenty of goals and dazzled the millions watching.

After another spell with his beloved Flamengo, he ended up going to Japan to help revitalise the game in the Asian country.