Former FIFA President Havelange Dies Aged 100

Former FIFA President Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100.

Havelange had been admitted to hospital in July suffering from pneumonia having been ill for some time.

The hospital, while refusing to comment on the cause of death, put out a statement expressing its “sympathy for his family and friends”.

The Brazilian served as FIFA President from 1974 to 1998, and was succeeded by Sepp Blatter.

Havelange resigned as FIFA’s honorary president in April 2013 following an investigation into bribery allegations and was admitted to hospital the following year with a lung infection.

He was an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from 1963 until 2011, resigning because of ill health.

Havelange represented Brazil in swimming at the 1936 Olympics – the year he qualified as a lawyer – before his election to the IOC.

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As FIFA president he led the World Cup’s expansion from 16 to 32 teams, with six competitions held under his tenure.

Havelange visited Nigeria in 1995.

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