Wednesday , October 4 2023

Reinhard Grindel voted as new German FA president!

DFB logoCurrent member of German Parliament Reinhard Grindel has been voted as the new president of the DFB (German Football Association).

The former treasurer won the majority of votes from the 255 delegates at Friday’s extraordinary DFB Congress in Frankfurt am Main. Grindel is the twelfth president in the history of the DFB to be voted in jointly by the amateur and professional branches of football. The 54-year-old lawyer is the successor to Wolfgang Niersbach, who resigned on November 9, 2015.

Reinhard Grindel thanked the delegates for the faith placed in him, “It is a great honour to be able to take on this responsibility. The DFB has some defining tasks ahead, which I would like to take on together with my colleagues on board and the presidential board, as well as the full-time staff at our headquarters. I’m delighted with the vote and, as a result, the trust placed in my by the amateur and professional branches of German football. I see my role as harmonising the interests of the two. As president, I plan to further strengthen the unity of football.”

A member of parliament for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, the 54-year-old Grindel, who became DFB treasurer in 2013, is largely unknown to German football fans, but was the only candidate for the presidential post.

A TV journalist-turned-politician, Grindel, who is the deputy head of the parliamentary committee on sport, must now restore trust in Germany’s national pastime amid several ongoing investigations into alleged corruption.

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