Former FIFA President Joao Havelange is dead. He died at the age of 100.
Havelenge was the President of the world football’s governing body (FIFA) from 1974 to 1998 before he was replaced by Sepp Blatter. He died in Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janiero after been in and out of the hospital due to respiratory problems.
He was an Olympic swimmer and water polo player for his country Brazil before he became the first non-European to head the International Football Federation (FIFA) in 1974.
During his regime, FIFA was transformed and saw rise of its flagship event, the World Cup into a multi-billion dollar venture.
He was made an honorary president on leaving FIFA but Havelenge left the honourary President because of corruption allegations levied against him and others in 2013.
Joao Havelenge who was also a Lawyer and businessman served as a member of the International Olympic Committee between 1963 and 2011.
The Engenhao stadium in Rio de Janeiro is named in his honour.