Henri Delaunay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henri Delaunay
1st UEFA General Secretary
In office
15 June 1954 – 9 November 1955
Succeeded byPierre Delaunay
Personal details
Born(1883-06-15)15 June 1883
Paris, France
Died9 November 1955(1955-11-09) (aged 72)
Paris, France

Henri Delaunay (15 June 1883 – 9 November 1955) was a French football administrator.


UEFA European Championship Trophy is named after him.

After playing for the Paris team Étoile des Deux Lacs, he became a referee. He retired following an incident during a match between AF Garenne-Doves and ES Benevolence, when he swallowed his whistle and broke two teeth on being struck full in the face by the ball.

He started his career as an administrator in 1905 when he became president of Étoile des Deux Lacs,[1] then secretary-general of the Comité français interfédéral (CFI), the ancestor of the French Football Federation.[2] When the CFI became the French Football Federation in 1919, he remained as secretary-general.

As a member of FIFA, he sat on its board as deputy from 1924 until 1928. Along with Jules Rimet, he was an early architect of the FIFA World Cup. He was also a very early proponent of the European Champions Cup, as early as the 1920s.

Together with Jules Rimet, he was largely responsible for the creation of the European Football Championship, the trophy of which is named after him, having first proposed it in 1927.[3] The first tournament took place in 1960.

He was General Secretary of UEFA from its foundation on 15 June 1954 until his death. When he died in 1955, he was succeeded as head of UEFA by his son Pierre Delaunay.[4]


  1. ^ 100 ans de football en France (in French). Atlas. 1982. p. 43. ISBN 2731201088.
  2. ^ "The Henri Delaunay Cup". UEFA.
  3. ^ "Henri Delaunay" (PDF). WeAreFootball.
  4. ^ Yves Chéné 2008, p. 15

External links[edit]

  • Jean-Marie Jouaret (2012). La fédération des sections sportives des patronages catholiques de France (1898-1998) (in French). Paris: L'Harmattan. ISBN 978-2-296-55969-1..
  • Robert Hervet (1948). La FSF de 1898 à 1948 (in French). Paris. OCLC 66302325.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link).
  • Yves Chéné (2008). Union d'Anjou FSCF : D'hier à aujourd'hui, 100 ans de vie associative depuis les patronages (1907-2007) (in French). Angers: Association Ecrits et Mémoires. p. 176. ISBN 978-2-914787-32-1..
Preceded by
UEFA General Secretary
Succeeded by