A former President of World football governing body FIFA and Brazilian football executive, Joao Havelange has died in hospital in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
He was 100-year-old.
The hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, that he had been admitted last month to the Samaritano hospital in the Botofoga district of the city for treatment for pneumonia.
Born on May 8, 1916, Havelange was a Brazilian lawyer, businessman, and former athlete who served as the seventh FIFA president, between 1974 and 1998.
He was the second longest-serving FIFA’s president, after Jules Rimet, succeeding Stanley Rous in office. He received the title of honorary president when leaving office in 1998. However, he resigned the position in April 2013.
He also served as a member of the International Olympics Committee(IOC) from 1963 to 2011. He was also the longest-serving active member upon his resignation.
The Engenhao stadium in Rio de Janeiro is named in his honour.