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Brazil soccer legend and former Japan national team coach Zico revealed he gave up his campaign for the FIFA presidency on Monday after failing to muster the required five association nominations.

“I had good response from at least six associations but moves within UEFA swayed things,” said Zico on Brazilian local radio, explaining that a late bid by Gianni Infantino, the general secretary of the European soccer’s administrative body, saw him lose vital backing.

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