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Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010

Oldest World Cup vet dead at 100

BUENOS AIRES (AP) Former Argentine soccer star Francisco Varallo, the last surviving player from the first World Cup in 1930, died Monday. He was 100.

His death in La Plata, Argentina, was confirmed by his former Argentine club Gimnasia y Esgrima, which did not specify a cause of death.

Varallo played in the final between Uruguay and Argentina in Montevideo. Argentina lost 4-2.

He began his career with the club Gimnasia y Esgrima, but made his mark with Boca Juniors. He is Boca's second-leading scorer with 194 goals, behind only current striker Martin Palermo.

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