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.