Jules Rimet, the man who created the World Cup

posted 18 Jun 2010, 23:44 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 19 Jun 2010, 00:07 ]
In this article, Independent journalist, John Lichfield, remembers World Cup founder Jules Rimet, who began his activist career with a small journal called The Review which merged with Le Sillon magazine published by Marc Sangnier. 

Lichfield's article clearly reveals the imprint of the Sillon in Jules Rimet's vision of the World Cup.

Some extracts from Lichfield's article follow:


In the small village of Theuley-les-Lavoncourt in eastern France stands a monument to a local man who changed the world. 

The monument takes the form of a grassed football penalty area, complete with a replica goal, and a portrait of a man who never kicked a ball in anger in his life.

His name was Jules Rimet. Of all the Frenchmen who touched the consciousness of the world in the last century - Charles de Gaulle, Henri Matisse, Marcel Proust - M. Rimet reached more people, in more countries, more lastingly than any other. His child - or monster - will make one of its four-yearly explosions into the world's rapt gaze from this Friday. M. Rimet, a grocer's son who became a lawyer, invented the World Cup.


Jules Rimet: The man who kicked off the World Cup, by John Lichfield, The Independent, 5 June 2006