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 Uruguayan 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 114,865 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Obdulio Varela is the 304th most popular soccer player (up from 314th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Uruguay (up from 18th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Uruguayan Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Obdulio Varela ranks 304 out of 16,923Before him are Usaburo Hidaka, Reizo Fukuhara, Brian Clough, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Fabien Barthez, and Antônio Wilson Vieira Honório. After him are Dragoslav Šekularac, Hisao Kami, Waichiro Omura, Bob Paisley, Michel Preud'homme, and Vujadin Boškov.

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Among people born in 1917, Obdulio Varela ranks 73Before him are Henry Ford II, Will Eisner, Buddy Rich, David Easton, William Standish Knowles, and Herbert Lom. After him are Rodney Robert Porter, Kunitaka Sueoka, Magda Szabó, Ettore Sottsass, Stéphane Hessel, and Katharine Graham. Among people deceased in 1996, Obdulio Varela ranks 58Before him are František Plánička, Ernesto Geisel, Shūsaku Endō, George Davis Snell, Max Manus, and Frida Boccara. After him are Bob Paisley, Alain Poher, Lars Ahlfors, Saul Bass, Toru Takemitsu, and Koichi Oita.

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Among people born in Uruguay, Obdulio Varela ranks 17 out of 314Before him are Héctor Scarone (1898), Pedro Cea (1900), José Gervasio Artigas (1764), Mario Benedetti (1920), José Santamaría (1929), and Enzo Francescoli (1961). After him are Enrique Ballestrero (1905), Diego Forlán (1979), Jules Laforgue (1860), Luis Suárez (1987), Edinson Cavani (1987), and Pedro Rocha (1942).


Among soccer players born in Uruguay, Obdulio Varela ranks 10Before him are José Leandro Andrade (1901), Héctor Castro (1904), Héctor Scarone (1898), Pedro Cea (1900), José Santamaría (1929), and Enzo Francescoli (1961). After him are Enrique Ballestrero (1905), Diego Forlán (1979), Luis Suárez (1987), Edinson Cavani (1987), Pedro Rocha (1942), and Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (1945).