Erik von Frenckell

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Erik von Frenckell
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Born Erik von Frenckell
(1887-11-18)18 November 1887
Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland
Died 13 September 1977(1977-09-13) (aged 89)
Espoo, Finland
Resting place Hietaniemi cemetery, Helsinki
Nationality Finnish

Erik von Frenckell (18 November 1887 – 13 September 1977) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish nobleman, member of the Parliament of Finland, member of the International Olympic Committee and a vice president of the International Football Association FIFA.

He graduated from Dresden University of Technology on engineering in 1912. After his graduation von Frenckell returned to Finland and worked on business management. In 1917 he was elected to Helsinki City Council as a member of Swedish People's Party. During the 1918 Finnish Civil War von Frenckell fought for the White Guard. From 1927 to 1939 he was a member of the Finnish Parliament.[1]

Von Frenckell is best known on his work as a sports administrator. He was the president of Finnish Football Association from 1918 to 1952 and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee 1927–1932 and 1950–1954. On his first period von Frenckell served also as a vice president of FIFA.[2] He was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1948 to 1976.[3] Von Frenckell was one of the key persons on Helsinki's nomination as the host of the 1952 Summer Olympics.[1]

His daughter was Finnish avant-garde theater director Vivica Bandler.


  1. ^ a b Erik von Frenckell biography (in Finnish). Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  2. ^ "SPL100: Puheenjohtajisto vieraili von Frenckellin haudalla" (in Finnish). Finnish Football Association. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Olympic Museum, Members of the International Olympic Committee since 1933 Retrieved 20 May 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United Kingdom Lord Burghley
President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
Succeeded by
Australia Wilfrid Kent Hughes