Joao Havelange, former FIFA president dies aged 100

Joao Havelange was the first non-European to head FIFA and resigned as its honorary president amid corruption allegations against him and others in 2013


Joao Havelange helped to transform FIFA and its flagship event, the World Cup, into a multibillion-dollar enterprise. Photo: Reuters
Joao Havelange helped to transform FIFA and its flagship event, the World Cup, into a multibillion-dollar enterprise. Photo: Reuters

Rio de Janeiro: Joao Havelange, the former president of FIFA, died in Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano Hospital on Tuesday, the hospital said, without giving further details until authorized by his family.

The former Olympic swimmer and water polo player for Brazil had been in and out of the hospital in recent months with respiratory problems.

Havelange, who was 100, was the first non-European to head the International Football Federation (FIFA), world football’s governing body. He helped to transform the group and its flagship event, the World Cup, into a multibillion-dollar enterprise.

After serving 24 years as head of FIFA, Havelange resigned as its honorary president amid corruption allegations against him and others in 2013.

The Engenhao stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where many of the Rio Olympic events are currently underway, was named in his honour. Reuters

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