Brazil great Zico considers running for FIFA president; Maduro backs Maradona
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Brazil great Zico considers running for FIFA president; Maduro backs Maradona

Brazilian soccer great Zico says he is considering running for the FIFA presidency, soon to vacant after the announcement by Sepp Blatter earlier Tuesday he will step down later this year amid a corruption scandal.

Zico, 62, wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that his “life has always been with football” and he sees no reason not to consider becoming a candidate.

He said “it’s still an idea,” but “why not?”

Zico played for Brazil in three World Cups and is considered the greatest player of Brazil’s most popular club, Flamengo.

He has since coached Kashima Antlers in Japan, Fenerbahce in Turkey, CSKA Moscow in Russia and Olympiakos in Greece, among other teams.

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s president has a few suggestions for soccer officials climbing out of the spiraling FIFA scandal.

President Nicolas Maduro thinks retired soccer star Diego Maradona should become the next FIFA president.

His comments late Tuesday came hours after FIFA’s top official, Sepp Blatter, stepped down amid a U.S. probe into $150 million in bribes allegedly paid to top soccer officials.

Speaking on his national television program, Maduro said Argentine soccer legend Maradona had been calling out FIFA for decades, only to be laughed at. Maradona has been a high-profile supporter of the 16-year-old socialist revolution launched in Venezuela by late President Hugo Chavez.

Associated Press

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