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New term for Le Graët in France

Noël Le Graët has been re-elected for a fourth term as president of the French Football Federation (FFF).

French Football Federation (FFF) president Noël Le Graët
French Football Federation (FFF) president Noël Le Graët Icon Sport via Getty Images

Le Graët was confirmed in office for a further four years at Saturday’s FFF general assembly, which brought delegates together via video conference.

He was elected for the first time as FFF president on 18 June 2011. Since then, France has successfully hosted UEFA EURO 2016, and the national team captured the FIFA World Cup title in Russia in 2018.

In addition to sporting achievements, Le Graët’s terms at the head of French football’s governing body, which included re-elections in 2012 and 2017, have focused on women's football, education and financial management which has enabled the FFF to significantly increase its budget.

Decisive moment

“I’m happy to have been re-elected,” said Le Graët in his address to the assembly, which also centred on the pandemic and what he described as “the decisive days and weeks to come”. In particular, the FFF president expressed his hope that amateur football in France would be able to resume in as short a time as possible.

Noël Le Graët previously chaired EA Guingamp (1972-91 and 2002-11), steering the club from amateur status in the seventh French tier to professional status in Ligue 1. After starting his career as a sales representative, he founded a food group in 1986 which now employs more than 800 people. He was also mayor of Guingamp for 13 years (1995-2008).

In May 2019, Le Graët was appointed as a European member of the FIFA Council. A former French Professional League chairman (1991-2000), he developed the DNCG (Direction nationale de contrôle et de gestion), a national directorate which monitors the financial health of French clubs.