Date of birth: 18 February 1947
Association president since: 2015
• Born in Xanthi, in northern Greece, Giorgos Girtzikis worked for 40 years in a dairy industry firm as a senior executive. Now he is a consultant in the same firm. From an early age, he showed a keen interest in politics. He was elected as a member of the municipal council of Vistonida and then the prefecture council of Xanthi.
• He played amateur football as a winger for Thraki Sydini FC and took an active part in establishing the local Xanthi football union. He became their vice-president in 1980 and went on to serve as president until 1997, when he was elected to the board of the Greek FA. From 1997 to 2000, he was EPO deputy general secretary, then deputy treasurer from 2000 to 2003, and head treasurer of the association from 2003 to 2012. He also served as president of SKODA Xanthi FC for four years (2000-2004), and was appointed president of the FA’s central refereeing committee in October 2014. On 23 January 2015, he was elected as the new president of EPO.
• Giorgos Girtzikis believes that “football is the king of sports and needs the support of anyone working within it. We all must protect it, be vigilant and be kind in our assessments”.
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