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Obdulio Varela

1917 - 1996

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Obdulio Jacinto Muiños Varela (Spanish pronunciation: [oβˈðuljo βaˈɾela]; September 20, 1917 — August 2, 1996) was a 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) because of his dark skin and the influence he had on the pitch, especially during the unlikely victory over Brazil. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Obdulio Varela has received more than 150,136 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Obdulio Varela is the 286th most popular soccer player (up from 304th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Uruguay and the 10th most popular Uruguayan Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Obdulio Varela ranks 286 out of 16,880Before him are Lorenzo Buffon, Niko Kovač, Hernán Crespo, Sepp Herberger, Hirokazu Ninomiya, and Junji Nishikawa. After him are Kiyonosuke Marutani, Diego Forlán, Erwin Koeman, Marcel Desailly, Jens Lehmann, and Koji Miyata.

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Among people born in 1917, Obdulio Varela ranks 79Before him are John B. Calhoun, Robert Bloch, Urie Bronfenbrenner, Yevgeny Khaldei, Will Eisner, and Hirokazu Ninomiya. After him are Jean Rouch, Pedro Infante, Harold Garfinkel, Buddy Rich, Alparslan Türkeş, and Zhang Chunqiao. Among people deceased in 1996, Obdulio Varela ranks 71Before him are Toru Takemitsu, Frida Boccara, Geoffrey Wilkinson, Leonor Fini, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Michel Debré. After him are Mary Leakey, Bob Paisley, Greer Garson, Spiro Agnew, Hans Blumenberg, and Zeki Müren.

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In Uruguay

Among people born in Uruguay, Obdulio Varela ranks 17 out of 370Before him are Héctor Castro (1904), Luis Suárez (1987), Pedro Cea (1900), José Gervasio Artigas (1764), Mario Benedetti (1920), and Enrique Ballestrero (1905). After him are Diego Forlán (1979), José Santamaría (1929), Jules Laforgue (1860), Edinson Cavani (1987), Enzo Francescoli (1961), and Pedro Rocha (1942).


Among soccer players born in Uruguay, Obdulio Varela ranks 10Before him are Juan Alberto Schiaffino (1925), José Leandro Andrade (1901), Héctor Castro (1904), Luis Suárez (1987), Pedro Cea (1900), and Enrique Ballestrero (1905). After him are Diego Forlán (1979), José Santamaría (1929), Edinson Cavani (1987), Enzo Francescoli (1961), Pedro Rocha (1942), and Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (1945).