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Vitali Mutko

Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 13.13CET
Vitali Mutko
Russian Football Union (RFS) president Vitali Mutko ©RFS/Mikhail Shapaev
Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 13.13CET

Vitali Mutko

Nationality: Russian
Date of birth: 8 December 1958
Association president since: 2015

• Vitali Mutko was born in the Krasnodar region, but later moved to Saint Petersburg and graduated in 1987 from the Leningrad Institute of Waterway Communications with a degree in marine engineering and machinery. Twelve years later, he also graduated from Saint Petersburg State University with a degree in legal affairs. Mutko also has a PhD in economics.

• He took his first senior administrative job from 1992 to 1996 as St Petersburg's deputy mayor and head of the social affairs committee. Mutko went on to serve as FC Zenit president (1997–2003), Russian Premier League president (2001–03) and Russian Football Union (RFS) president (2005–09).

• Mutko served in the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, from 2003 to 2008, and was in charge of the commission for youth affairs and sports. He was appointed Russia's minister of sport, tourism and youth policy on 12 May 2008. Mutko was elected onto the FIFA Executive Committee in 2009, and was appointed chairman of Russia's 2018 FIFA World Cup organising committee in 2011. He returned to the RFS helm on 2 September 2015, when he was elected unanimously at an RFS extraordinary conference.

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