Former FIFA President, Joao Havelange Dies at 100

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 02, 2009 shows former FIFA president, Brazilian Joao Havelange presenting Rio's bid for the 2016 Olympics in Copenhagen. Former FIFA President Joao Havelange died on August 16, 2016 in Rio at the age of 100 years old, announced the hospital. / AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN

The first non-European Chief of FIFA and former president of the body between 1974 and 1998 and a Brazilian by nationality, Joao Havelange, has died at age 100.
Havelange, who was predecessor to Sepp Blatter as the president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) till 1998, has died in Rio de Janeiro, his native town.
However, in 1974 Havelange defeated Englishman Stanley Rous for the presidency of FIFA, the governing body of world association football, and became the first (and, to date, only) non-European to hold the post. He lobbied in 86 different countries for the presidency, often accompanied by Pelé.
He also competed as an Olympic swimmer for Brazil at Berlin in 1936 and was a member of their 1952 water polo team in Helsinki.
More so, at the Melbourne games of 1956, he was Brazil’s chef de mission before joining the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1963, and as the IOC’s longest-serving member, which he stood down in 2011 with an ethics hearing pending over the ISL affair.
The 2016 Olympic Stadium at the on-going Rio Games, which began three months ago, was named in his honour for his 100th Birthday.


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