Born October 14, 1873 in Theuley in eastern France, Jules Rimet is the “creator” of the World Cup.
The Frenchman was a FIFA executive created in 1904 by journalist Robert Guérin. At the time it had just 7 member countries.
On March 1, 1921, Rimet becomes FIFA President and his first goal is to launch the world tournament. His plans for the World Cup have faced serious challenges from amateur football associations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) led by Pierre de Coubertin.
It was in 1930 that he managed to organize the first edition of the World Cup. It takes place in Uruguay from July 13 to 30.
All FIFA-affiliated teams were invited to participate in the competition but only 13 of them had accepted the invitation, nine from the Americas and four from the European continent. Few European teams had refused to participate due to the length of the two-week boat trip.
After the success of the first tournament, Rimet remained at the helm of FIFA until 1954. At the time of his departure, he had enlarged the governing body of world football to 85 member countries. Rimet died on October 16, 1956 at the age of 83 years.
In 2004, FIFA honored him posthumously with his order of merit. In 1956, the Frenchman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize thanks to his tireless efforts to unite the world through football.