Former FIFA president Joao Havelange has died in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 100
Havelange was the first non-European chief of world football’s governing body between 1974 and 1998, when he was
succeeded by Sepp Blatter and received the title of honorary president.
He resigned from the latter largely ceremonial role in 2013 after a report by FIFA’s ethics chairman Hans-Joachim
Eckert ruled he had taken bribes as part of a scandal involving the now-defunct International Sports and Leisure
(ISL) sports marketing agency.
Havelange competed as an Olympic swimmer for Brazil at Berlin in 1936 and was a member of their 1952 water polo team
At the Melbourne 1956 Games he was Brazil’s chef de mission before joining the International Olympic Committee in
As the IOC’s longest-serving member, Havelange stood down in 2011 with an ethics hearing pending over the ISL
The Olympic Stadium at the on-going Rio Games, which began three months on from his 100th birthday, is named in his
In a statement, current FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “During his 24 years as FIFA president football became
truly global, reaching new territories and bringing the game to all corners of the world. Something the whole
football community should be grateful for. I extend my condolences to his family.”
After serving as president of Brazil’s swimming federation, Havelange was the president of the Brazilian Sports
Confederation from 1958-1973.
He resigned to accept the position as FIFA president the next year after defeating Stanley Rous in an election.
During Havelange’s tenure FIFA considerably increase its financial power. He secured Coca-Cola and Adidas to be the
primary sponsors for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.