On This Day: May 21st


On the 21st of May 1904 The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris. The organisation was created due to the need for a world governing body for football, primarily due to the high interest in international fixtures. The founding members were the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Also, that same day, the German Association declared its intention of affiliation through a telegram. The first president of FIFA was Robert Guerin. The FIFA collection is held by the National Football Museum in Manchester, England. The first World Cup in the world was in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Today though FIFA is looked upon in a far more sceptical light with recent corruption investigations and the torrid leadership of Sep Blatter, we can only hope that football’s governing body can sort itself out and  keep world football in good standing.

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