He was 100 years old
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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.”
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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]