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OBITUARY: Francisco Varallo (1910-2010)
August 31st, 2010 1:12AM

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Argentine Francisco Varallo, the last surviving player from the first World Cup in 1930, died Monday at the age of 100.

Varallo, nicknamed nicknamed “Canoncito” (little canon) for his powerful shot, played in Argentina's 4-2 loss in the final to Uruguay in Montevideo after missing the semifinals against the United States with an injury.

"I was a young lad of 20 years of age and I was ready to take on the world," Varallo told FIFA. "I tested the injury on the morning of the final and I felt fine so I decided to play. It was a risk because there were no substitutions back then. But it was worth it. I wasn't going to miss that game for anything in the world."

Argentina led 2-1 at the half but couldn't hold on. "We ran out of steam, to tell you the truth," Varallo said. "With all due respect to my teammates, we weren't gutsy enough. How I cried that day. Even now when I look back it still makes me angry."



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