Jules Rimet

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Jules Rimet (1920)

Jules Rimet (born October 14, 1873 in Theuley-les-Lavoncourt , Haute-Saône , † October 16, 1956 in Paris ) was a French football official. He was President of the French Football Association from 1919 to 1945 and President of FIFA from 1921 to 1954 . Alongside Enrique Buero, he is considered to be the founder of the World Cup .


Jules Rimet was born the son of a grocery retailer. At the age of 11 he moved to Paris with his family . After leaving school, he studied law and became a lawyer.

In 1897 he founded the traditional French club Red Star Paris with Jean de Piessac and Georges Delavenne , of which he was president for some time. In April 1919 he became president of the new French football association (first FFFA, later FFF ).

In addition, Rimet was elected President of FIFA on March 1, 1921. At that time, the world football association only had 20 members. The 1928 Olympic soccer tournament in Amsterdam was the motivation for Rimet to launch a soccer world championship together with the wealthy Uruguayan Enrique Buero . There were 24 teams at the start in Amsterdam and Uruguay became Olympic champions. This was one of the reasons FIFA hired Uruguay to host the first World Cup in 1930 . Rimet is considered to be the inventor of the soccer world championships. In the same year the FIFA Congress voted 25: 5 to hold the World Cup every four years from 1930 onwards. With the opening of the tournament on July 18, 1930 in Montevideo , a new era of world football began.

In honor of her spiritual father, the trophy , which was passed on as a challenge cup until 1970 , was named " Coupe Jules Rimet " in 1950 . The then 80-year-old Jules Rimet presented the German team captain Fritz Walter with the World Cup after the game in 1954 at his last World Cup tournament as FIFA President . In the same year he resigned as FIFA President.

Jules Rimet died in Paris on October 16, 1956, two days after his 83rd birthday.


  • Harry Thommen (eds.) And Max Ehinger (text editor): Football World Cup 1954: Official memorial work Coupe Jules Rimet . International edition, ed. under the patronage of the "Swiss Organizing Committee of the Football World Cup 1954". Otto Walter, Olten 1954, DNB 577166964


  • Jules Rimet: L'histoire merveilleuse de la Coupe du monde (Les championnats du monde de football) . Union européenne d'éditions, Monaco, 1954. R. Kister and G. Schmid, Geneva / Zurich 1954, LCCN  55-028021

Web links

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Individual evidence

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