Founder of FC Barcelona on the 29th of November 1899 and five times president of the club between 1908 and 1925
Portrait of Gamper
-Season at the club: 1899-1903 -Games played: 51 -Goals scored: 120 -Trophies: Macaya Cup 1901-02 Barcelona Cup 1902-03
The man from Switzerland was a true example of what a sportsman should be; Joan Gamper (Winterthur, Switzerland, 1877 - Barcelona, 1930) had success in swimming, rugby, cycling, athletics and above all, football. He arrived in Barcelona in 1898 and practised the sport in the streets of Sant Gervasi and by 1899, football had been born in Barcelona.
He founded the club and was captain of the team, however, he did not take on the presidential role until 9 years later. His level was superior to that of most others at the time and left many people marvelling at his skills. He was a forward player and scored a tally of goal unthinkable in modern times.