Henri Delaunay (15 June 1883
– 9 November 1955) was a French football administrator.
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 face by the ball.
He started his career as administrator in 1906 when he became
president of Étoile des Deux Lacs, then secretary-general of the
Comité français interfédéral (CFI), the ancestor of the French Football Federation
the CFI became the French Football Federation in 1919, he remained
member of FIFA, he sat on
its board as deputy from 1924 until 1928.
, 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
He was largely responsible for the creation of the European Football
, the trophy of which is named after him, having
first proposed it in 1927. The first tournament took place in
He was General Secretary of UEFA
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