The only 1930 WC survivor celebrates 100th birthday
The former Argentinian player Francisco Varallo, the only survivor from the first World Cup finals in 1930, turned 100 last Friday. Varallo was the youngest member of Argentina’s squad that got beaten 4-2 by Uruguay in the decisive match at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo.
Varallo, called “Canoncito” (Little Cannon) was born on February 5th of 1910 in La Plata, 50 km south of Buenos Aires, and until recently held the Togel Hongkong scoring record for Boca Juniors with 194 goals, until overtaken by Martin Palermo last year. With Boca, Varallo played for nine seasons winning three championships and five top-scoring titles.
“I remember that final match quite well. It was a tough game in which the Uruguayans overwhelmed us. We went 2-1 up, but ended up losing 2-4. We had a great team but some of the players lost stamina in the second half. I believe I should not have played that match because I was too young and inexperienced and also could not run due to a knee injury,” Varallo told the media, while Argentina celebrates the jubilee of one of the countries heroes.
The plaudits include the creation of the award labelled “For career and chivalry”, which will be presented to the veteran next Friday.
John Terry stripped of captaincy over sex scandal
England manager Fabio Capello punished John Terry for his umpteenth sex romp by removing him as captain. The Chelsea defender came under the scrutiny of the British tabloids over his affair with Vanessa Perroncel, who is the former companion of England teammate Wayne Bridge. Their relationship was crowned with Vanessa’s pregnancy, which was terminated in agreement with Terry.
Terry’s role as the captain was first questioned by …