Former Fifa president Joao Havelange has died at the age of 100.
The Brazilian was predecessor to Sepp Blatter at world football’s governing body, serving from 1974 to 1998.
He resigned as Fifa’s honorary president in April 2013 following an investigation into bribery allegations and was admitted to hospital the following year with a lung infection.
He was an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from 1963 until 2011, resigning because of ill health.
The Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro said he died early Tuesday, while Rio was hosting the Olympic Games. In 2009, Mr. 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.
Mr. Havelange expanded the World Cup from 16 to 32 teams and made it one of sport’s most important events. He organized six World Cups as FIFA president from 1974 to 1998, when Sepp Blatterreplaced him. He secured lucrative broadcast deals, brought nations into FIFA and created the women’s World Cup.