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Former FIFA President Joao Havelange Dies at the Age of 100

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Joao Havelange, president of FIFA from 1974-1998, dies in Rio at the age of 100

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Former FIFA president and IOC member Joao Havelange has died today, Tuesday 16th August. He was 100 years old.

The Brazilian, who ran FIFA for two decades, had been treated for pneumonia in Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano hospital back in July.

The hospital said in a statement that Havelange died on Tuesday morning, but did not state cause of death.

“The institution supports the family and friends of the sports leader,” said the brief statement.

Born on May 8, 1916, Havelange turned 100 this year.

The Brazilian was predecessor to Sepp Blatter at world football’s governing body, serving from 1974 to 1998.

He resigned as FIFA’s honorary president in April 2013 following an investigation into bribery allegations. He was also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from 1963 until 2011, resigning because of ill health.

Havelange represented Brazil in swimming at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and as a water polo player in 1952 in Helsinki- the year he qualified as a lawyer – before his election to the IOC.

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