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Joao Havelange Former FIFA boss dies at 100

Joao Havelangel had been in and out of the hospital in recent months with respiratory problems.

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Joao Havelange play Former FIFA president, Joao Havelange dies at 100 (AP)

Joao Havelange, the former president of FIFA, died in Rio de Janeiro's Samaritano Hospital on Tuesday, August 11 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.

Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter. play Joao Havelange was president of FIFA for 24 years before handing over to Sepp Blatter (AP)

 

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 honor.

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