Soccer

Oldest SWC player dies

2010-08-31 10:37
Francisco Varallo (File)
Buenos Aires - Former Argentine footballer Francisco 'Pancho' Varallo, the last surviving player from the inaugural 1930 Soccer World Cup, died on Monday aged 100 years, his family confirmed.

Varallo, nicknamed 'Canoncito' (Little Cannon), was on the Argentine team that fell 4-2 to hosts Uruguay in the final at the Estadio Centenario on July 30, 1930.

For many decades he held the record as Boca Juniors' top goal scorer with 194 goals in 222 professional games, a mark that was only beaten by Martin Palermo on March 6, 2008.

Varallo started his career in 1928 at Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, his home town 60km south of Buenos Aires, where he was born on February 5, 1910 and where he passed away on Monday.

In 1994 he was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit for his contribution to football.
 

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