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João HAVELANGE

Brasilian João HAVELANGE

born Jean-Marie Faustin Godefroid DE HAVELANGE

Brazilian lawyer, businessman, and athlete who served as the seventh President of FIFA from 1974 to 1998

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Born: on May 08, 1916 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Died: on August 16, 2016 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Biography

Havelange was born on 8 May 1916, in Rio de Janeiro, to an affluent family; his father, Faustin Havelange, had immigrated to Brazil from Belgium, worked as an arms dealer, and owned a large estate that stretched along the present-day districts of Laranjeiras, Cosme Velho and Santa Teresa. An excellent student at school, Havelange was accepted to the prestigious Law School of Fluminense Federal University, from which he graduated at the age of 24 with a PhD in Law. He worked as a legal advisor for bus company Auto Viação Jabaquara, and became president-director of another bus company, Viação Cometa S/A. He was also senior partner at chemical and metallurgical company Orwec Química e Metallurgia Ltda.

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