Anatoliy Konkov, an outstanding name in the Ukrainian football of the 1970s, was elected as Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) president at the XIV Ordinary FFU Congress. Lugansk region native, the 62-year-old has received 132 votes from 133 Congress delegates. Konkov was unopposed as no other notices have been lodged during the registration period. Grigoriy Surkis, who has been in the office since 2000, did not participate in the election race, with Congress awarding him a role of FFU honorary president.
"During my reign as FFU president, I see my main task not only in continuing the activity of my predecessors, but in producing new ideas, which could benefit Ukrainian football’s future", said Konkov. "Football Federation of Ukraine’s priority is to ensure grassroots football revival. The time has come to promote grassroots football along with state authority, whose role is vital in making this big task real".
"I’ll try my best in order not to disappoint football community of our country", newly elected FFU president went on. "I’m sure, that I will manage to create a collective of adherents in order to unite everybody, who is ready to go on working for the good of favorite game. In our work we’ll orient ourselves on the progressive international experience. FFU will further support initiatives of FIFA and UEFA, which are directed on football’s progress".
Honoured Master of Sports Anatoliy Konkov was born on the 19th of September 1949 and is a disciple of Avangard Kramatorsk. Started his professional career in Shakhtar Donetsk, for which he played between 1968 and 1974. After joining Dynamo Kyiv Konkov won UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup (1975), four USSR championships (1975, 1977, 1980 and 1981) and also USSR Cup (1978).