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Last Surviving Player Of 1st World Cup Final Dies

Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:57 pm

He was 100 years old

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100830/...s_soccer_latam_argentina_varallo_1

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.”

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ne...wsid=1292329.html?cid=rssfeed&att=

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For the first time for football, there are no survivors of a World Cup final. QEPD.

[Edited 2010-08-30 14:59:03]
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RE: Last Surviving Player Of 1st World Cup Final Dies

Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:04 pm

Wow R.I.P! What a great legacy to a great event.
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RE: Last Surviving Player Of 1st World Cup Final Dies

Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: Last Surviving Player Of 1st World Cup Final Dies

Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:39 pm

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!
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RE: Last Surviving Player Of 1st World Cup Final Dies

Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:39 pm



They still used english vocab back then...
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