Moment of silence will honor Alfredo Di Stefano before World Cup semifinal

Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Prior to Wednesday's World Cup semifinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina, FIFA will observe a moment of silence to honor the memory of legendary footballer Alfredo Di Stefano, who died Monday at the age of 88.

During the moment of silence, a picture of Di Stefano will be shown on the stadium's video board. The Argentine team will wear black armbands. 

Di Stefano was born in Argentina, and began his playing career there. He premiered with River Plate at the age of 17, but was best known for his time with Real Madrid. Di Stefano scored 216 goals in 282 appearances for the club. 

Internationally, he won the 1947 South American Championship with Argentina, but later competed for Spain after gaining Spanish citizenship in 1956. 

Following his playing career, Di Stefano spent 24 years managing various clubs in Spain, Portugal and Argentina. 

The winner of Wednesday's match between Argentina and the Netherlands will play Germany in Sunday's World Cup Final. 

- Dan Gartland 

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