Leo Windtner has been elected as the new president of the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB), following an ÖFB extraordinary federal general assembly in Vienna. A former ÖFB vice-president, Dr Windtner succeeds Friedrich Stickler, who stepped down from his post in early November for professional reasons.
Push of energy
In his acceptance speech, Dr Windtner emphasised the importance of the positive co-operation between the Austrian Bundesliga and the ÖFB for football in Austria. "Let us join together to create a sustainable push of energy within our sport, and let us awaken excitement and emotion among [followers] of the Austrian red and white," said the new ÖFB president, who also focused on migration and integration. "This is a society-related mandate for us, and also provides big potential for the future of our sport," added the 58-year-old Dr Windtner.
Dr Windtner was the president of the Upper Austrian Football Federation from 1996 to 2009, as well as ÖFB vice-president since 1999. A general director of the electricity company Energie AG Upper Austria, he is also the vice-president of the Association of Austrian Electricity Companies.
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