Ivo Schricker

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Ivo Wolfgang Eduard Schricker
3rd General Secretary of FIFA
In office
1932–1951
Preceded by Carl Anton Wilhelm Hirschman
Succeeded by Kurt Gassmann
Personal details
Born Ivo Wolfgang Eduard Schricker
(1877-03-18)March 18, 1877
Strasbourg, Germany
Died January 10, 1962(1962-01-10) (aged 84)
Zürich, Switzerland
Nationality German
Occupation Footballer

Dr. Ivo Wolfgang Eduard Schricker (18 March 1877 in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine – 10 January 1962 in Zürich, Switzerland) was a German footballer and the 3rd General Secretary of FIFA, serving from 1932 to 1951 upon his resignation.[1]

Biography[edit]

He, and his brother Erwin (22 August 1878 – 20 October 1914, killed in action) played at Strassburger FK 1890, Karlsruher Kickers,[2] FV Straßburg and, while studying in Berlin, Akademischer SC 1893 Berlin. With Karlsruher FV he became South German champion several times. In 1899[3] he was among the best players in the first—still unofficial—game against a team from England, and in September 1901, he also played in London.[4]

His home town, Strasbourg in Alsace, was after World War I annexed to France again. After retirement as player, Schricker served from 1923 to 1925 as president of the South German association (Süddeutscher Fußball-Verband).

He moved to Zürich in Switzerland, a central and conveniently located place that fitted FIFA needs well when a permanent office was set up. Ivo Schricker became the organisation's first employee, and was appointed Permanent Secretary in 1931, working in a 30 square metre apartment at Bahnhofstrasse 77 that remained the home of football's governing body until 1954.[5] From 1948 onwards, he was supported by secretary Marta Kurmann.[6]

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