BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Francisco Varallo, remaining survivor of the first World Cup final in 1930, has died at the age of 100, Argentine media reported on Monday.
Varallo, who played for the Argentina side that lost 4-2 to Uruguay in the 1930 final in Montevideo, died in his home town of La Plata, 50 km south of Buenos Aires.
He was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit in 1994.
In an interview marking his 100th birthday in February, the forward known for his bravery and accurate shooting said Argentina lost the 1930 final through "lack of guts" after leading 2-1 at halftime.
Varallo won the Argentine title with home town club Gimnasia-La Plata in 1929 during the amateur era before joining Boca Juniors, scoring 194 goals and helping them win three professional league titles between 1931 and 1936.
He retired due to injury at the age of 30 in 1940.
Statement by FIFA and Joseph Blatter
“The news that Francisco Varallo is no longer with us fills us with great sense of loss, both for his qualities as a person and an ambassador for our beloved sport,” In these grief-filled moments I can take immense pride from the fact that a character such as Francisco Varallo, whom we shall never forget, represented the football family with such dignity.”
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
Sad to read about the death of the final surviving players of the very first World Cup. One of those players who, with his participation, helped create what is now the biggest single sport tournament in the world, and a competition we all look forward to every four years. May he be received with open arms when he ascends to paradise.
Que descanse en paz, Francisco Varallo. Ruhe in Frieden.
san747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4936 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1462 times:
That's amazing. It truly is a loss when the last of a major event or era dies, because the memories and experiences of what they lived through (which photos and writings and artifacts just can't capture) die with them!