The Last Surviving Footballer From The 1930 World Cup Final

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The opening minutes saw the two teams "discovering" each other, but after 12 minutes, the home side took the lead when Pablo Dora do shot through the legs of goalkeeper Botasso. Eight minutes later, the scores were level when Carlos Peucelle picked up a pass from Varallo and beat goalkeeper Balle steros with a powerful shot.It may have even played a part in the outcome of the first world cup in 1930. Argentina and Uruguay could not agree on which ball to use. So they decided to use an Argentinean ball the first half and a ball supplied by Uruguay the second half. As it turned out, Argentina was ahead at halftime 2-1. However; Uruguay came back to win the match in the second half 4-2 using their ball!

Varallo gave an interview earlier this year to FIFA football’s world governing – to mark his 100th birthday. He said the loss to Uruguay at the 1930 World Cup was his greatest disappointment.Varallo began his career with the club Gimnasia, but made his mark with Boca Juniors. He is Boca’s second-leading scorer with 194 goals, behind only the club’s current striker Martin Palermo. Varallo was nicknamed “Canoncito” little canon for his powerful shot.

The man who accidentally lost parts of his left arm suddenly became a national hero. He had scored Uruguay's only goal in their opening match against Peru, but was then dropped. Now he was recalled and scored the goal that secured Uruguay the World Cup. The final whistle went and Uruguay could celebrate.


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