DFB candidate Keller: Winzer, Club Chief, Walter-sponsor child

Fritz Keller is to become the new president of the German Football Federation. The chairman of the football league SC Freiburg knows power and influence. And he knows how to move as a prominent person in the public.

After all, the 62-year-old South Baden, who is denied a great ego, belongs not only to the most famous winegrowers in Germany, he also leads the football federator SC Freiburg.

2010 became the godson of World Champion Fritz Walter there. as the first chairman to succeed Achim Stocker, who died the year before and was legendary in Freiburg. Since 2014 he has run the club und er the title President.

The keen wine connoisseur and star gastronomy leads the sports club very successfully and to the outside with great calm. Under his leadership Christian Streich became head trainer at the end of 2011 and is still the head trainer. The Bundesliga downturn 2015 could not change that either. A year later, Keller returned to the Upper House without any public fuss.

From his father, a big football fan, he inherited and successfully continued the vineyard of Franz Keller in Vogtsburg-Oberbergen at the Kaiserstuhl. The store of the Keller family also includes the star restaurant “Black Eagle” in the same place. The restaurant “Winzerhaus Rebstock” and the “winery” are also run by the family.

New stadium as a life work

Last November, the Gault&Millau wine guide Keller, together with his son Friedrich, distinguished as “Winner of the Year.” Together they continue the story “the wines are more expressive and personal than ever,” the experts judged.

Father Franz Keller had close contacts with the World Championship team of 1954. Their captain Fritz Walter became godfather of the 2nd. April 1957 born Friedrich Walter Keller, briefly Fritz Keller- like this one several years ago in the interview” the portal of the “Badische Zeitung” in Freiburg, told.

Expressive and personal –so similar is the sometimes burgeoning functionary also as SC boss. After a restructuring of the management level last October, he focuses almost exclusively on representative tasks and leaves the operational business of the association to the boards Jochen Saier (Sport) and Oliver Leki (Finance). This loss of power is said to have hurt the people of power very much, as they say in Freiburg.

At the end of March he laid the foundation stone for the new stadium of the club in West Freiburg. The multi-million-dollar project aims to enable the association with its 35-000 seats and significantly better marketing opportunities to earn more revenue and thus to be more competitive than the old Black Forest stadium.

The planned inauguration of the arena for the beginning of the season 2020/21 will then be very likely do not experience more as SC chief, but as DFB president.