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Reinhard Grindel elected in Germany

Reinhard Grindel, a 54-year-old lawyer, has been elected president of the German Football Association (DFB), and has pledged to strengthen unity within the game in the country.

German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel
German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel ©Getty Images

Reinhard Grindel is the new German Football Association (DFB) president following his election at the association's extraordinary congress in Frankfurt.

The 54-year-old lawyer, who previously served as treasurer and anti-corruption officer for the DFB, is the 12th president in the history of the association.

"It is a great honour to take on this responsibility," Grindel said. "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 trust placed in me 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." Speaking about future concepts, Grindel highlighted fair play and integrity as key aspects.

The DFB also appointed a new general secretary. Friedrich Curtius, 39 and also a lawyer, has served the association since 2006 – first as office manager for the general secretery, then as manager of the president's office.