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Karl-Erik Nilsson

Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 15.06CET
Karl-Erik Nilsson
Swedish FA (SvFF) president Karl-Erik Nilsson ©Bildbyrån
Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 15.06CET

Karl-Erik Nilsson

Nationality: Swedish
Date of Birth: 6 May 1957

Association president since: 2012

• Karl-Erik Nilsson was a teacher in Kalmar schools before going into politics. He served as mayor of his home town, Emmaboda, from 1995 until 2006, when he left active politics. His first post in football administration was at local club Lindås BK. In the 1980s, Nilsson started out as a referee, and went on to officiate in the UEFA Champions League and at UEFA EURO 2000.

• Nilsson was elected SvFF president in March 2012. Before that, he was a member of the SvFF board, as well as president of the Bohuslan regional associaton. He was tournament director at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and had several other UEFA assignments, working as a referee observer and mentor for younger officials.

• Nilsson enjoys playing the piano and taking his boat out to the Bohuslan archipelago on Sweden's west coast. He stresses the symbiosis between elite and grassroots football: "We need successful elite football because that is what generates interest. But the elite also needs thriving grassroots all over the country in order for talent to develop." Nilsson was re-elected for a third term as president in March 2014.

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