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Joao Havelange, Who Led Soccer’s FIFA in Growth, Dies at 100

  • Brazilian was second-longest serving president of the group
  • He resigned from FIFA after corruption allegations in 2013
Joao Havelange

Joao Havelange

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Joao Havelange, who as the second-longest serving head of FIFA transformed soccer’s governing body into a global business worth billions and the center of corruption allegations, has died. He was 100.

Havelange, who had recently battled pneumonia, died Tuesday at Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, according to an e-mailed statement from the medical center.