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Ex-Uruguay keeper Mazurkiewicz dies

3 January 2013 05:51

Former Uruguay international goalkeeper Ladislao Mazurkiewicz has died aged 67 following a short respiratory illness.

The news was confirmed by Fernando Alvez, who also played in goal for Uruguay, via Twitter.

A week ago, Mazurkiewicz was suffering from breathing problems which meant he was admitted to hospital as his condition worsened.

Mazurkiewicz was considered to be one among the finest goalkeepers in the world and his performance in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico epitomised what he was capable of with his displays between the sticks ensuring the South Americans would go as far as the last four in Brazil.

The former Uruguay number one had a glistening career which saw him collect a handful of silverware including three league titles, the South American Libertadores cup and the Intercontinental cup in 1966, as well as the league championship in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro in the early 1970s.

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