Julio Grondona passes away

European football is mourning senior FIFA vice-president and long-standing president of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA), Julio Grondona, who has passed away aged 82.

Julio Grondona has passed away at the age of 82
Julio Grondona has passed away at the age of 82 ©AFP

The European football family is in mourning following the death on Wednesday of Julio Grondona, senior vice-president of world football's governing body FIFA and president of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA).

Julio Grondona was named head of the AFA on 6 April 1979, a position he held until his passing in Buenos Aires at the age of 82. He had been a member of FIFA's Executive Committee since 1988 – working as a key figure within the body, in particular as chairman of the Finance Committee – and also served as president of the CA Independiente club.

During his presidency, Argentina won the FIFA World Cup in 1986, and finished runners-up in 1990 and 2014.

UEFA President and FIFA vice-president Michel Platini paid tribute to Mr Grondona. "Julio Grondona was a very pleasant man," he said, "who would happily spend many hours talking about football, and I was fortunate to engage in these discussions with him."

Mr Platini added: "He was a true football lover for many, many years, and on behalf of the European football family, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family, and to Argentinian football."

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