Reinhard Grindel

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Reinhard Grindel
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Reinhard Grindel in 2013
Born (1961-09-19) 19 September 1961 (age 57)
TitlePresident of the German Football Association
PredecessorRainer Koch and Reinhard Rauball (acting)

Reinhard Dieter Grindel (born 19 September 1961) is a German journalist, politician (CDU) and football administrator.

From 2002 to 2016 Grindel was member of the Bundestag (Lower Chamber of the German Parliament). On 15 April 2016 he was elected president of the German Football Association (DFB) and resigned as member of parliament.


Early years and journalism[edit]

Grindel was born in Hamburg where he also went to school and studied law after obtaining a grant from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

After his studies he worked as a journalist for radio and television. From 1997 to 1999 he headed the ZDF studio in Bonn, from 1999 to 2002 that in Brussels.

He is married and has two sons.

Political career[edit]

Grindel became a member of the CDU in 1977. He was then active in the Young Union and belonged to the state board in Hamburg from 1979 to 1985. From 1981 to 1987, he was also a member of the CDU district Board Hamburg-Eimsbüttel. From 1982 to 1988, he was deputy of the local district assembly.

Grindel was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2016. He has moved through the national list Lower Saxony to the Bundestag in 2002 and 2005. In the 2009 election, he won the constituency Rotenburg I - Soltau-Fallingbostel. In the 17th legislature, he was a member of the Committee on Internal Affairs.

In 2013 federal elections, Grindel won his constituency. In the 18th legislative term he was deputy chairman of the Sports Committee. In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats (SPD) following the elections, he was part of the CDU/CSU delegation in the working group on integration and migration, led by Maria Böhmer and Aydan Özoğuz.

In June 2016, after being elected as President of the German Football association, Grindel resigned as member of the German Bundestag and was succeeded by Kathrin Rösel.

Since 2003, Grindel has been serving as deputy chairman of the CDU district association Elbe-Weser.

Football administration[edit]

Grindel is a member of the Rotenburger SV. From 2011 to 2014, he was 1st Vice President of the Lower Saxony Football Association, he is also vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Enke Foundation.[1] From October 2013 to April 2016, he was treasurer of the German Football Association.[2][3] Grindel was elected on 15 April 2016 to the position of DFB president, succeeding the retiring Wolfgang Niersbach.

In July 2018, Mesut Özil criticised Grindel's approach to Özil's Turkish ancestry in a statement declaring his retirement from the national team, following controversial photos with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.[4] However, Grindel's handlng of the fallout was criticised by Matt Pearson of Deutsche Welle, who opined that comments Grindel made in 2004 calling multiculturalism "a myth and a lifelong lie" were incompatible with his role at the DFB, stating "it doesn't seem appropriate for him to continue in a position where he's overseeing players and coaches from a variety of backgrounds".[5]


  1. ^ "Kuratorium" (in German). Robert Enke Stiftung. Archived from the original on 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  2. ^ "Wiederwahl als DFB-Präsident: 100 Prozent Gefolgschaft für Niersbach" (in German). Spiegel. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  3. ^ ""Ich weiß, wo der Schuh drückt"" (in German). 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  4. ^ ""Mesut Özil, III/III"". 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  5. ^ Pearson, Matt (22 July 2018). "Özil's anger justified, now Grindel must face the music". Bonn: Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 25 July 2018.

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