João Havelange

Brazilian businessman and athlete (1916-2016)

Jean-Marie Faustin Goedefroid "João" de Havelange (May 8, 1916 – 16 August 2016) was a Brazilian association football administrator. He was the 7th President of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association).[1] He was elected to the position in 1974. He resigned in 1998, after 24 years in charge.[2]

João Havelange
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João Havelange in 2010
7th President of FIFA
In office
Preceded byStanley Rous
Succeeded bySepp Blatter
Personal details
Jean-Marie Faustin Goedefroid de Havelange

(1916-05-08)8 May 1916
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Died16 August 2016 (age 100)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

He was elected as an honorary president of FIFA in 1998 after he left office. He resigned in 2013 due to "health and personal reasons".[3]

Havelange was a swimmer at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. He was also part of the team that tied for 13th in water polo at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[4]



  1. "FIFA Presidents". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  2. "Uefa chief backs Germany". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  3. "Joao Havelange, Fifa's honorary president, resigns over bribes". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  4. "João Havelange Bio". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2013-12-19.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 "João Havelange confirmed for Soccerex in Rio". Soccerex. Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-19.

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