The Júlio Mazzei Trophy

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The championship trophy of the World Collegiate Soccer Championship is named after Professor Júlio Mazzei.

Mazzei was born August 27, 1930 in Guaiçara, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Players, coaches and football personalities around the world called him The Professor, because of advanced degrees he earned in physical education, sports, recreation and coaching.

After studying at the Institut National des Sports in Paris during the 1950s, Mazzei continued his post-graduate studies in sports education at Michigan State University. It was there where he learned and perfected his English.

In early 1962 he became affiliated with Palmeiras Soccer Club in São Paulo, but later moved with his family to the beachfront community of Santos where he became the club’s conditioning coach and assistant trainer. This was the team where a 16-year-old Pelé had gotten his start. Mazzei was an assistant coach of the Brazil national team from 1964-65.

Past Winners of the WCSC Trophy

1984   Univ. De Mexico Pumas (Mexico)

1985   Clemson University  (USA)

1986   UCLA  (USA)

1987    University College-Dublin  (Ireland)

1988     Clemson University (USA)

1989     Indiana University  (USA)

1990     Santa Clara University (USA)

1991     UCLA  (USA)

1992     University of São Paulo  (Brazil)

It was at Santos, of course, where Mazzei forged what became a lifelong friendship with Pelé (see photograph above), and when the North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos lured Pelé out of retirement for the 1975 season, Mazzei served as Pelé’s advisor.

Mazzei’s physical conditioning methods of interval and circuit training were responsible for his status in Brazilian football. He worked closely with the great Santos clubs, before joining the New York Cosmos (with Pelé ) in 1975 as a fitness instructor and assistant coach, and later would serve as auxiliary coach for the Cosmos in 1979 and head coach in 1980 and from 1982-83. He also served on the New York Cosmos board of directors from 1980-82.

He was known to coaches and fans alike as someone with a deep love for the game and a warm, engaging personality to go with it.  Because of his many contributions to the growth of the game in the United States, and his in-person participation at several World Collegiate Soccer Championship events, it is fitting that the permanent trophy of the event be named after The Professor ─ the one and only Júlio Mazzei.

The custom, solid bronze cast trophy is sculpted by Eddie Abraham and illustrated by John Kress.  Foundry work is by Michael Hall of Michael Hall’s Studio, Driftwood, Texas .  This patina finished, highly polished trophy was sculptured by using the “lost wax” method.  Weighing over 65 pounds, the artists have captured  a desperation save attempt by the goalie as he hovers over the sphere of the world.  This award is cast annually and is the permanent possession of the World Collegiate Champion.