A report from Brazil disclosed that a long time president of football governing body, FIFA, Joao Havelange passed away early today.
Havelange, whose two-decade presidency of FIFA saw football’s governing body transformed into a multibillion dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, clocked 100 years this year before the commencement of the Rio Olympic 2016
The Brazilian, who preceded Sepp Blatter, had been treated for pneumonia in Rio de Janeiro’s Samaritano hospital back in July.
The hospital said in a statement that the historic man died on Tuesday morning, but did not state cause of death.
In 2009, Havelange led off Rio’s bid presentation to the IOC in Copenhagen by inviting the members to vote to “join me in celebrating my 100th birthday'” at the 2016 Games in Brazil.
The Brazilian expanded the World Cup from 16 to 32 teams and made it one of sport’s most important events. He organised six World Cups as FIFA president from 1974 to 1998, when Sepp Blatter replaced him. He secured lucrative broadcast deals, brought nations into FIFA, and created the women’s World Cup.