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Obdulio Varela
Personal information
Full name Obdulio Jacinto Muiños Varela
Date of birth September 20, 1917(1917-09-20)
Place of birth    Paysandú, Uruguay
Date of death    August 2, 1996 (aged 78)
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Center half
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1936-1938
1938-1943
1943-1955
Deportivo Juventud
Montevideo Wanderers
C.A. Peñarol
Career
   
National team
1939-1954 Uruguay 045 0(9)
Teams managed
1955 C.A. Peñarol

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Obdulio Jacinto Muiños Varela (September 20, 1917 — August 2, 1996) was an Uruguayan football player. He was the captain of the Uruguay national team that won the 1950 World Cup after beating Brazil in the decisive final round match popularly known as the Maracanazo. He was nicknamed El Negro Jefe (The Black Chief), due to his dark skin and the influence he had on the pitch, and especially after the unlikely victory over Brazil. People recall Varela as one of the greatest classic centre halves, a midfield player equally adept in defence as in creating scoring chances.

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Club career

Varela, born in Paysandú, emerged as a centre half and senior player at Deportivo Juventud, club which he joined in 1936. He debuted in first division with Montevideo Wanderers in 1938.[2]

In 1943, he joined C.A. Peñarol, club for which he would play until his professional retirement in 1955.

International career

Varela's international debut came in a 3-2 win against Chile in the 1939 Copa America in Lima, Peru. Varela entered the match as a substitute.

He played 45 international matches for Uruguay from 1939 to 1954, in which he scored nine goals.[3]

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1950 World Cup

The 1950 World Cup was decided over a mini-league in a final pool and Brazil only needed a draw in the last match of the tournament to become champions. Varela drove the Uruguayan team to victory against all odds. Before the match, Varela delivered an emotional speech about how they must face all the odds and not to be intimidated by the fans or the opposing team. The speech, as was later confirmed, played a huge part in the final outcome of the game. In response to his squad's underdog status, the captain delivered the memorable line, "Muchachos, los de afuera son de palo. Que comience la función", which could be translated as "Boys, outsiders don't play. Let the show begin".

Brazil scored the first goal of the match only two minutes after the start of the second half, which ignited the crowd. Once again, Varela played a big role when he took the ball and disputed the validity of the goal with George Reader, the referee, arguing that the player was offside. Varela was finally subdued, then took the ball to the center of the field, and shouted to his team, "Now, it's time to win!". Uruguay came back and scored twice to win the match and become champions in front of nearly 200.000 spectators. The win is remembered as a miracle and made Varela immortal in the eyes of the Uruguayan people.

In 1940, 1946 and 1948, the Uruguayan team led by him had won the Baron de Rio Branco Cup, and his club team Peñarol had captured the Uruguayan league championship on six occasions.

1954 World Cup

When he traveled with the national team to Switzerland to defend the title in the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Varela was then the oldest ever player to have appeared in a World Cup, aged 37. Nevertheless, Czechoslovakia and Scotland were beaten in the first round before Uruguay defeated England 4-2 in the quarterfinal, when Varela picked up a leg injury. There were no substitutions back then so he had to play the full 90 minutes heavily bandaged.

Varela, Oscar Miguez and Julio Abbadie did not get fit for the semifinal against Hungary. Uruguay lost 4-2 after extra time. Obdulio ended his World Cup career unbeaten in seven matches and many people believe a full strength Uruguay team would have beaten the magic Hungarians.

Post-playing career

His last match was in June 19, 1955 with Peñarol against América. Varela, one of the team's coaches along with Roque Maspoli[4], came off the bench for the second half but when he realized he couldn't continue, he decided to end his career.[2]

Varela died in August 2, 1996.

Honours

With Uruguay:

  • FIFA World Cup winner in 1950
  • Copa América winner en 1942
  • Copa Baron de Rio Branco winner against Brasil in 1940, 1946, 1948
  • Copa Escobar Gerona winner in 1943

With Peñarol:

  • Uruguayan first division league champion in 1944, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1953 and 1954
  • Torneo de Honor winner in 1944, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953
  • Competencia tourney winner in 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951 1953

Varela was among the 13 best South American players of the 20th century according to the IFFHS' Century Elections.[5]

Preceded by
Giuseppe Meazza
(Italy)
FIFA World Cup
winning captain

1950
Succeeded by
Fritz Walter
(West Germany)

References and notes

  1. ^ "World Cup History page"
  2. ^ a b (Spanish) Obdulio Jacinto Varela 1917-1996
  3. ^ Uruguay - Record International Players by RSSSF.
  4. ^ http://girasolweb.tripod.com/tecnicos.htm
  5. ^ IFFHS' Century Elections - RSSSF

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