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Guntis Indriksons

Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 18.43CET
Guntis Indriksons
LFF president Guntis Indriksons ©Zigismunds Zalmanis
Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 18.43CET

Guntis Indriksons

Nationality: Latvian
Date of birth: 18 December 1955
Association president since: 1996

• Born in Valmiera, Guntis Indriksons was never a professional player but has been passionate about football throughout his life; having become one of the nation's most successful businessmen after Latvia regained independence, he founded the nation's most successful club, Skonto FC, in 1991.

• Skonto won the first 14 post-independence titles in Latvia, with Indriksons being brought in as president of the Latvian Football Federation (LFF) for the first time in 1996; football became the nation's most popular sport under his tenure. He was re-elected for another four-year term in March 2012.

• Latvia sensationally reached the finals of UEFA EURO 2004, and Indriksons said: "We have a right to be proud. Latvian football made itself known. Maybe it's even more important that we now have thousands of kids playing football. We got them off the streets. This is our federation's biggest success."

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