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Uruguay’s soccer legend Alcides Ghiggia passes away

Uruguayan soccer legend Alcides Ghiggia has passed away due to heart attack in Montevideo, Uruguay. He was 88.

He had scored the winning goal against Brazil in the final match of World Cup 1950 which had helped Uruguay to win World Cup for the second time. He had scored the deciding goal 10 minutes from time when the final match had tied at 1-1 goals.

It was historic win for Uruguay and Brazil’s greatest defeat, which is still known in Brazil at the Maracanazo. Uruguay for the first time had won the FIFA World Cup in 1930 which was the inaugural Football World Cup.

Ghiggia was born on 22 December 1926. He started his professional career with the famous Uruguayan football club Penarol. Later he had played in Italy with Roma and AC Milan football clubs. He also had played several matches with the Italian Football national team.

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FIFA world ranking: Spain still FIFA’s No:1 ranked team

The World and European champion Spain remains No. 1 for the 29th consecutive month in the FIFA men’s soccer rankings. Spain holds a big lead over Germany. Argentina was third, followed by Colombia, Portugal, Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Brazil.   World Cup host Brazil is 10th, with the United States in 14th.

The FIFA world rankings are determined by points awarded from match results in a three-year period, with more recent games given greater weight. Teams get additional points for playing relatively strong opponents. The next ranking update is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2014.

The top 25 was unchanged after a month that included only 18 international matches — all exhibitions. 

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