Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder

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Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, 2009

Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder (March 3, 1933 – August 17, 2015), often called "MV", was the Vice President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).[1] Prior to his UEFA career, Mayer-Vorfelder was a politician of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, and served in the state cabinet of Baden-Württemberg from 1976 to 1998. He was later president of German soccer club VfB Stuttgart, and the German Football Association.


Mayer-Vorfelder was born in Mannheim, and studied at the university of Freiburg, and Heidelberg University, graduating with a law degree in 1959.[2] A CDU politician, he joined the government of Baden-Württemberg and was appointed permanent secretary at the State Ministry Baden-Württemberg with the rank of a cabinet member in 1976.[2] From 1980 to 1991, he was Minister of Culture and Sports, and Minister of Finance from 1991 to 1998. He was also member of the German Bundesrat during that period.[2] He is a co-founder of the Hans Filbinger Foundation.

Parallel to his CDU career, Mayer-Vorfelder entered the soccer world. In 1975, he became president of VfB Stuttgart, a position he held until 2000.[3] In 2000, Mayer-Vorfelder succeeded Egidius Braun as president of the German Football Association.[3] Narrowly surviving a vote of mistrust in 2004, he shared this duty with Theo Zwanziger until 2006.[3] Mayer-Vorfelder died on August 17, 2015.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mayer-Vorfelder was married to Margit Deutschle.[5] His son, Michael Mayer-Vorfelder, played 3 games for VfB Stuttgart.[6] On his FIFA page, Mayer-Vorfelder stated that his all-time favourite player was Franz Beckenbauer, and that the German Miracle of Bern World Cup win of 1954 was his favourite match.[2]


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Preceded by
Egidius Braun
President of the DFB
Succeeded by
Theo Zwanziger