José Nasazzi

José Nasazzi

Nasazzi with the Uruguay national team.
Personal information
Full name José Nasazzi Yarza[1]
Date of birth (1901-05-24)24 May 1901
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Date of death 17 June 1968(1968-06-17) (aged 67)
Place of death Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Right full-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1918–1920 Lito
1922–1932 Bella Vista
1933–1937 Nacional
National team
1923–1937 Uruguay 41 (0)
Teams managed
1942–1945 Uruguay

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Nasazzi and the second or maternal family name is Yarza.

José Nasazzi Yarza (24 May 1901 – 17 June 1968) was the Uruguayan footballer who captained his country when they won the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930.


Nasazzi (first from left, at bottom) with the Uruguay team in 1928.

He was born in Bella Vista, Montevideo to Giuseppe, an Italian immigrant from Esino Lario (near Milan), and María Jacinta Yarza from the Basque Country of Spain.[2][3]

Nasazzi is regarded by many as Uruguay's greatest ever football player. He was known as "El Gran Mariscal" (The Great Marshal) and had already won the gold medal at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games, as well as the South American Championship in 1923, 1924 and 1926, by the time of the first World Cup. On individual level, he was selected as best player at FIFA World Cup 1930 and twice (1923 & 1935) at South American Championship (the predecessor of Copa America).

During the 1930 FIFA World Cup tournament, Uruguay's only serious rivals were their neighbors Argentina. After defeating Peru and Romania in the first round, Uruguay defeated Yugoslavia 6–1 in the semi-finals to set up a final against Argentina. Although his team were 2–1 behind at half-time, Nasazzi rallied his teammates in the second half, leading them to a 4–2 victory and making himself the first captain to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Although Uruguay refused to defend their title in 1934, Nasazzi won the South American Championship again (in 1935), before retiring in 1937 with 41 international appearances.

Nasazzi's Baton

Nasazzi's Baton is an unofficial title named after José similar to the Unofficial Football World Championship. It is said to have been held by Uruguay after the first World Cup, and subsequently to have been taken over by any team to beat the holders over 90 minutes in a full international match.[4]




  1. 1 2 "José Nasazzi Biography and Olympic Results". Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  2. "Ha muerto José Nasazzi, "el más grande capitán de la historia"" (in Spanish). Club Nacional de Football. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. "Cavani, che cuore! L'Uruguay applaude" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. "Le Baton de Nasazzi" (in French). Retrieved 29 July 2015.

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