Nasazzi with the Uruguay national team.
|Full name||José Nasazzi Yarza|
|Date of birth||24 May 1901|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Date of death||17 June 1968(aged 67)|
|Place of death||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right full-back, Centre-back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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 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.
- FIFA World Cup: 1930
- Football at the Summer Olympics: 1924, 1928
- South American Championship: 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935
- Best player at the South American Championship: 1923, 1935
- Best player at the FIFA World Cup: 1930
- Best South American footballers of the 20th century (according to IFFHS): 26th
- "José Nasazzi Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- "Ha muerto José Nasazzi, "el más grande capitán de la historia"" (in Spanish). Club Nacional de Football. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- "Cavani, che cuore! L’Uruguay applaude" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- "Le Baton de Nasazzi" (in French). Retrieved 29 July 2015.