Rodolphe William Seeldrayers


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The fourth president of world football governing body the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Seeldrayers was a lawyer from Brussels, Belgium. He was an accomplished football player as a young man, playing for Belgian champions Racing Club Brussels, where he was later the president. He was a FIFA vice-president for 27 years before succeeding Jules Rimet in 1954, but was president for only a short period, dying in office the following year. Seeldrayers had also served on the International Olympic Committee, and in his youth had been a hockey international and a national champion in the 110-metre hurdles. His all-round sporting qualities, and a declared enthusiasm for British athleticism, made him a symbol of a traditional model of sporting prowess and sporting administration that was to be radically changed in the emerging media age.

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