José Nasazzi

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José Nasazzi
Nasazzi with the Uruguay national team.
Personal information
Full name José Nasazzi Yarza[1]
Date of birth (1901-03-24)24 March 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]
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1918–1920 Lito
1921 Roland Moor
1922–1933 Bella Vista 322 (17)
1933–1937 Nacional 58 (0)
International career
1923–1936 Uruguay 41 (0)
Managerial career
1942–1945 Uruguay
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Uruguay
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1930 Uruguay Team
Copa América
Winner 1923 Uruguay Team
Winner 1924 Uruguay Team
Winner 1926 Chile Team
Winner 1935 Peru Team
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1924 Paris Team
Gold medal – first place 1928 Amsterdam Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

José Nasazzi Yarza (24 March 1901 – 17 June 1968) was a Uruguayan footballer who played as a right-back or centre-back.[2] He captained his country when they won the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930.


Nasazzi (first from left, at bottom) with the Uruguay team in 1926.

He was born in Bella Vista, Montevideo to Giuseppe, an Italian immigrant from Esino Lario (near Lecco), and María Jacinta Yarza from the Basque Country of Spain.[3][4]

Nasazzi is regarded by many as Uruguay's greatest ever football player.[5] He was known as El Gran Mariscal ("The Great Marshal"), and had already won the gold medal at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games,[6] 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 and 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 1936 with 41 international appearances. Throughout his career at Nacional, he played 110 matches and scored 10 goals, including friendlies.[7]

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.[8]




Roland Moor
Bella Vista
  • Primera División: 1933 – 1937; 1925: European Tour with Nacional; 1927: US Tour with Nacional;.






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  8. ^ "Le Baton de Nasazzi" (in French). Archived from the original on 26 November 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
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  14. ^ "IFFHS All-Time Uruguay Men's Dream Team". IFFHS. 5 August 2021. Retrieved 9 January 2023.