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

(1916-05-08)8 May 1916
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Died 16 august 2016 (age 100)
Nationality Brazilian

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

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".

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.


  • Cavalier of the Légion d'honneur
  • Order of Special Merit in Sports
  • Commander of the Cavaliers of the Order of Infante D. Henrique
  • Cavalier of the Order of Vasa
  • Grand Cross of Elizabeth the Catholic

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