Helmut Käser

Helmut Käser
Born (1912-11-14)14 November 1912
Died 11 May 1994(1994-05-11) (aged 81)
Nationality Swiss
Occupation Civil servant
Employer Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
Title Secretary General of FIFA
Term April 1960–June 1981
Predecessor Kurt Gassmann
Successor Sepp Blatter

Helmut Käser (14 November 1912 – 11 May 1994) served as the General Secretary of international governing body of association football FIFA, from April 1960 to June 1981. Käser served as general secretary under three presidents of FIFA, the Englishmen Arthur Drewry (1955–1961) and Stanley Rous (1961–1974) and from 1974 until 1981 under the Brazilian João Havelange.

He was succeeded by Joseph "Sepp" Blatter. Two months after Käser was forced to retire from FIFA, Blatter married Käser's daughter, Barbara Käser.[1][2] That means, by 1981, Blatter had taken his father-in-law’s job as well as his daughter (Käser didn’t attend the wedding).[3]

Käser was an officer of the Swiss Army, he worked as a civil servant in Switzerland, at the Federal Department of Economic Affairs and became the general secretary of the Swiss Football Association in May 1942. Käser died in 1994 in Küssnacht near Zurich.[2]


  1. David Yallop (15 September 2011). How They Stole the Game. Little, Brown Book Group. pp. 135–. ISBN 978-1-78033-402-8.
  2. 1 2 "Helmut Käser biography". Munzinger - Helmut Käser. Munzinger. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jun/01/fifa-scandals-sepp-blatter-yodelling-flop-movie-bunker
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