João Havelange, Brazilian football executive, Died at 100


Jean-Marie Faustin Godefroid “João” de Havelange was born on May 8, 1916, and died on August 16, 2016.

He was a Brazilian lawyer, businessman, and former athlete.

He served as the 7th President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), from 1974 to 1998.

João’s tenure as President is the second longest in FIFA’s history, behind only that of Jules Rimet.

Havelange received the title of Honorary President when leaving office, but he resigned in April 2013.

Havelange succeeded Stanley Rous and was succeeded by Sepp Blatter.

He served as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1963 to 2011.

Havelange was the longest-serving active member upon his resignation.

During July 2012 a Swiss prosecutor’s report revealed that, during his tenure on FIFA’s Executive Committee, he and his son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira took more than $41 million in bribes in connection with the award of World Cup marketing rights.

João Havelange passed away at 100 years old.