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Wolfgang Niersbach has been unanimously re-elected as president of the German Football Association (DFB), with his new term of office set to run through to 2016.

Wolfgang Niersbach has been unanimously re-elected as president of the German Football Association (DFB), with his new term of office set to run through to 2016.

Niersbach succeeded Theo Zwanziger in the role in March 2012 and was backed by all 259 delegates at the DFB Congress in Nuremberg on Friday. Niersbach joined the DFB, the world’s largest single sports organisation with more than 6.8 million members and 25,000 clubs, in 1988. After spending several years as press officer, he played a decisive role in organising the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany as vice-president of the organising committee before becoming DFB general secretary in October 2007.

Commenting on his re-election, he said: “I’m extremely pleased with this clear vote and with the immense trust the Congress has placed in me. It is wonderful to have the full support of the state and regional associations and the League Association. I see it as an endorsement of my work and an incentive to continue along the same path.”

Meanwhile, Niersbach has criticised the ongoing state of confusion surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and its eventual slot in the football calendar. “It is a burden for all of football,” said Niersbach, according to Reuters. “It is a challenge on an international level that I have not experienced in my professional career. If a new date is found for the winter, which in my view is the only alternative, then the effects will be felt across the world. FIFA must provide answers to burning questions by the end of 2014 or early 2015.”

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