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Francisco Antonio "Pancho" Varallo is a former football player for Argentina and is the only person still living who participated in the first FIFA World Cup, which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. He also played in the final match of the competition.
He was born in La Plata, Argentina. Early in his career, Varallo was given the name Canoncito (Little Cannon). Although not technically gifted, Varallo had an exceptional shooting ability.
At the age of eighteen, Varallo had a trial with Estudiantes of the city La Plata, but, despite scoring eleven goals in three games for the club, the directors of 12 de Octubre, where Varallo was playing, all supported their crosstown rivals Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata and so he joined them, rather than Estudiantes. He played for Gimnasia between 1928 and 1930, making his debut in a third team match scoring all nine goals in 9-1 victory. A week later, he was playing in the First Division. He won the Amateur League Championship with them in 1929.
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