FIFA has announced the passing on of its former President, Joao Havelange, at the age of 100.
Mr Havelange, a Brazilian, was the 7th President of FIFA and served for six terms, from 1974 to 1998. He is credited with significantly developing FIFA as a global brand. According to the current FIFA President Gianni Infantino:
“During his 24 years as FIFA President football became truly global, reaching new territories and bringing the game to all corners of the world. Something the whole football community should be grateful for.”
Some of his achievements during his 24-year tunure are –
- a total of 50 new member associations joined FIFA;
- FIFA organised the first Men’s U-20 World Cup in 1977;
- FIFA organised the first Men’s U-17 World Cup in 1985;
- FIFA organised the first Futsal World Cup in 1989;
- FIFA organised the first Women’s World Cup in 1991;
- FIFA organised the first Confederations Cup in 1997;
- increased the size of the World Cup from 16 to 32 teams (in France 1998);
- developed FIFA’s marketing and television rights to the point that each of FIFA’s 204 national federations received up to $1 million from the 1998 World Cup.