Juli Marial i Mundet

FC Barcelona Player 1903-08 and President 1906-08

Juli Marial i Mundet was born into a wealthy Barcelona family in 1884 and was the son of architect and politician, Juli Marial i Tey, who was an important Catalanist and republican.

The young Juli was also involved in the construction business and would presumably have been influenced by his father's political views.

Aged 17, he began playing football as goalkeeper for the Irish Football Club from its foundation in 1901 until its dissolution in 1903 and was president of the club for most of that period.

Consequently, he was involved in setting up the Assocació Catalana de Clubs de Futbol and joined FC Barcelona when Irish FC disappeared in 1903, first as a goalkeeper and later as a midfield player until his retirement as a player in 1907-08.

On October 1st 1906, Juli Marial i Mundet was elected president of FC Barcelona at the members meeting and was re-elected for another year on November 6th 1907.

This was a period of crisis for FC Barcelona and membership fell to only 38 and also coincided with the retirement of some of the most important players, such as Gamper, Witty, Meyer, Ossó, Harris or Parsons.

They were replaced by the likes of Amechazurra, Bru and Wallace, who would win the Copa de España some years later in 1910 so the kernel of a decent side was beginning to come together.

FC Barcelona was involved in disputes with the Federació Catalana de Futbol, especially its president Isidre Lloret, who was accused of favouring Football Club X  in the Campionats de Catalunya of 1907 and 1908.

Finally, on October 11th, just a week after he had stood down as FC Barcelona president, Juli Marial i Mundet was elected president of the Federació Catalana de Futbol and peace came to Catalan football for a time.

Marial i Mundet's only important trophy was the Campionat de Catalunya, which he won as a player in 1905.

Like many gentlemen of his day, Marial i Mundet was a sports enthusiast in general and was a founding member of Club Natació Barcelona and also an active member of  Real Sociedad de Sport Vasco, which played at Frontó Comtal.

He was also a member of the Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya (RACC) and won the Volta a Catalunya road race in 1917.

Marial i Mundet was succeeded by Vicenç Reig as FC Barcelona president.


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