Walter Wild

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Walter Wild during his presidency.

Walter Wild – known in Catalan as Gualteri Wild (October 13, 1872 – December 16, 1953) was a Swiss engineer, tradesman, footballer,[1][2] and one of the twelve founders of FC Barcelona. He was club's first president for 513 days from 13 December 1899 to 27 December 1900, being re-elected three times, but eventually resigning due to work.[3][4][5][6]

He combined his duties as president with playing, having played total of ten matches for the club including the very first one. His main achievement for the club was getting its first home ground at Hotel Casanovas. After his resignation, Wild was awarded honorary president in recognition of his contribution to the club, but having moved to London (which prompted the widespread mistake of attributing British nationality to him), he showed little further interest in the club until 1949, when he returned as an Honorary Guest on FC Barcelona's 50th Anniversary.[7]


  1. ^ "Walter Wild: The story of FC Barcelona's first ever president | FC Barcelona". Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  2. ^ "Los suizos y el FC Barcelona (primera parte) | Cuadernos de Fútbol". Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  3. ^ "Walter Wild (1899-1901) | FC Barcelona". Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  4. ^ "Barcelona: More than a club". FIFA. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Gualteri Wild" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Origins (1899-1922)". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  7. ^ "1949. The 50th Anniversary | FC Barcelona". Retrieved 2015-12-07.