Fritz Keller should become the new DFB president - sports
- The search committee of the DFB has Fritz Keller as the future president of the association proposed.
- His election to the DFB Bundestag on 27 September in Frankfurt as successor to Reinhard Grindel, who resigned in April, is regarded as a matter of formality.
- The 62-year-old winemaker wants to resign in the event of a successful election to his post as president of the SC Freiburg.
The head of SC Freiburg and award-winning winemaker, Fritz Keller, is to become the new president of the German Football Association. The 62-year-old chairman of the Baden Bundesliga side was nominated on Thursday by the association's six-member search committee as a candidate.
Keller will introduce himself to the delegates of the amateur associations and to the General Assembly of the German Football League in Berlin next Wednesday. His election to the DFB Bundestag on 27 September in Frankfurt as successor to Reinhard Grindel, who resigned in April, is regarded as a matter of formality.
Keller first expressed himself in a statement by the SC Freiburg. "There have been very good discussions with the selection committee in recent weeks," he said. Only after the presentation to the DFB delegates he wanted to take a more detailed position on his new task. If elected at the end of September, Keller wants to resign from his position as President of SC Freiburg.
"We are convinced that Fritz Keller is the right man for the future of the German Football Association: He can bring people together, represent the entire spectrum of German football and, in particular, stand up for the interests of professional and amateur football alike," said DFB interim chief Rainer Koch according to DFB release.
Even Reinhard Rauball, who heads the association together with Koch since the Grindel-Aus, sees the award-winning restaurateur as a perfect candidate. "Equipped with a clear canon of values and great down-to-earthness, he has always acknowledged the social responsibility of football both in his club and, for example, within the framework of the DFL Foundation," the outgoing league president was quoted in the DFB statement.
Keller has been running a winery for almost three decades
Keller comes from a family of restaurateurs in Baden-Württemberg. For almost three decades he leads the third generation of the winery Franz Keller. In 2010, Keller joined SC Freiburg as the successor to club president Achim Stocker, who had died in 2009. Under his leadership, Christian Streich became coach. Keller is regarded as a highly opinionated and at the same time affable leader. However, he is no longer responsible for the operative business at SCF.
Similarly, Kellers role as the 13th boss of the DFB should in the future be more presidential, rather than operational. With a structural reform and the completely outsourced GmbH, the kriselnde association wants to reposition itself. The search for a leadership candidate for whom the consulting agency Egon Zehnder had been involved had dragged on longer than originally planned.
It is still unclear whether Keller should also be a candidate for the posts in the Uefa Executive Committee and the Fifa Council, which will be filled in the coming year by the international associations after the Grindel resignation. Lastly, it was said by the DFB, that one is considering a transfer of office, so that the DFB boss could concentrate entirely on his national duties.