Bio
Stanley Rous
Born: 1895-04-25
Intl. since: 1927-01-01
Hometown: London
Country: England
Speaks: English
Occupation:
Hobbies:

When Stanley Rous retired as a FIFA referee in 1934, he had taken charge of 36 international matches and a FA Cup final. He then started a career in football administration which took him from secretary of the English FA to all the way to the presidency of FIFA (1961-1974). Stanley Rous died in 1986.

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Already 65 when he became FIFA president, Stanley Rous was rather old fashioned, a man who believed in the Olympic ideal of amateurism. He had a reputation of being Eurocentric. Especially the Africans, who wanted more spots at the World Cup finals, had problems with him and considered him a racist. Rous for instance was against the boycott of the apartheid regime in South-Africa.
Rous was the one insisting on the World Cup play-off match Chile-Soviet Union being played in the National Stadium of Santiago. The Soviets refused.

Amateur

A grocer's son and a good goalkeeper. Rous did his military service in Africa during WWI. After he became a school master in Watford and a referee. As a referee he invented the diagonal system and reedited the Rules of the Game.

Rous wasn't paid as a FIFA president and he refused a pension. He also didn't want the World Cup being renamed Stanley Rous Cup in his honour.

Did you know
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  • Rous simplified the laws of the game and was the first to use the diagonal system of control.
  • Although old fashioned and a bit of a racist (probably no more so than most white Englishmen in those days) in most books Rous is the good guy compared to his successor Joao Havelange. Where Rous was against professionalism and refused to be paid for his work (he even didn't want a pension), Havelange made getting rich and powerful from being the boss into an art. The Brazilian also did not receive a salary, but he was very creative with his bills and bribes.
  • Rous was ousted by Havelange after the Brazilian had been travelling extensively in, mostly, Africa, visiting local FAs making promises. Rous never really lobbied for his job, thought he would be elected anyway. To be able to travel and lobby Havelange used money from the Brazilian FA.
Statistics
Statistics for STANLEY ROUS
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 0 1 1
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0.07 0.04
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0 0 0
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 14 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR STANLEY ROUS
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 1934 qualifiers - Europe
BelgiumNetherlands1934-04-292 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Central European Cup
SwitzerlandAustria1934-03-252 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
FranceBelgium1933-03-263 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsSwitzerland1933-01-220 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandFrance1932-03-203 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumSwitzerland1931-12-062 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandGermany1930-05-040 - 5 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceSwitzerland1930-03-233 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Irish Free StateBelgium1929-04-204 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FrancePortugal1928-04-291 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandGermany1928-04-152 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
ItalySpain1927-05-292 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
NetherlandsBelgium1927-05-013 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumNetherlands1927-03-132 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)