Hryhoriy Surkis

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Hryhoriy Surkis
Григорій Суркіс
Hryhoriy Surkis.jpg
UEFA Executive Committee member
In office
2004 – present
President of the Football Federation of Ukraine
In office
Preceded byValeriy Pustovoitenko
Succeeded byAnatoliy Konkov
President of the Professional Football League of Ukraine
In office
Preceded bypost created
Succeeded byRavil Safiullin
Personal details
Born (1949-09-04) 4 September 1949 (age 69)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR

Association football career
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
SKA Odessa[1]
FC Dynamo-2 Kyiv[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Hryhoriy Surkis (Ukrainian: Григорій Суркіс; born 4 September 1949 in Odessa) is a Ukrainian businessman, one of five vice-presidents of UEFA since 24 May 2013.[2] Surkis was the president of Football Federation of Ukraine till September 2012.[3]


Hryhoriy's father Mikhail Davydovych Surkis was a military doctor, and his mother Rimma Yanivna Surkis was a sales specialist. He has two children, daughter Svitlana and son Vyacheslav. His brother Ihor Surkis is current chairman of Dynamo Kyiv.[5]

Education and professional career[edit]

In 1972 he finished the Kyiv Technological Institute of Food Industry with a speciality in food production machines and apparatuses.

From 1972 to 1974 he worked as a senior engineer in material-technological logistics for Holovplodvynprom (Main Directorate of Wine Industry) of Ukraine.

From 1975 to 1988 he worked as a deputy-chief at "Kyivzhytlorembudmontazh" (Kyiv City Municipal Housing Remodeling and Construction Company), foreman of the SRBU#1 (Specialized Repair and Construction Directorate) in Kharkiv, and chief of logistics for RBU #3.

Then and until 1991 he held a variety of a technical leadership positions at the Kyiv City Council such as chief engineer, chief of department, and others.

From 1991 to 1993 Surkis became the general director of "Dynamo-Atlantic". From 1993 to 1998 he was the president of the Ukrainian industrial financial concern Slavutych.

Ukrainian football/sport[edit]

When Surkis became president of the Ukrainian footballing powerhouse Dynamo Kyiv in 1993, the club was near bankruptcy. Under his tenure, the club managed to balance its budget and rapidly improve its infrastructure, regaining the club's former international glory. Since 1998 he has been a member of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Ukraine. In 2006, he became the vice-president of NOC of Ukraine.

He was the president of the Professional Football League of Ukraine from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, he was elected President of the Football Federation of Ukraine, later being re-elected twice, but after serving his third term he did not participate in the presidential election of September 2012, but he was named "Honorary President" in September 2012.[3]


2000—2012: FIFA National Associations Committee (member)

2004—2007: UEFA EXCO Working Group Football Development (member)

2002—2004: UEFA Professional Football Committee (member)

2007—2009: UEFA Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee (chairman)

2009—2011: UEFA Women's Football Committee (deputy chairman)

2009—2011: UEFA Youth and Amateur Football Committee (chairman)

2007—2013: UEFA Stadium and Security Committee (deputy chairman)

2011—2013: UEFA National Team Competitions Committee (chairman)

2013—2015: UEFA Marketing Advisory Committee (deputy chairman)

2013—2015: UEFA Stadium and Security Committee (chairman)

2013—2016: Organizing Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup ()

2015—2017: UEFA Marketing Advisory Committee (chairman)

Current UEFA roles[edit]

Vice-president (since 2013)

Executive Committee (vice-president: national associations relations)

UEFA Events SA (member)

National Associations Committee (chairman)

Youth and Amateur Football Committee (deputy chairman)

Professional Football Strategy Council (EXCO representative)

Political career[edit]

Surkis was a deputy in the III and IV convocations of Verkhovna Rada for the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united), he was a leading figure in that party.[4]


2004: Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (3th class)

2012: Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (4th class)

2006: Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (5th class)

2004: Order of Merit (1st class)

1998: Order of Merit (2nd class)

1996: Order of Merit (3rd class)


External links[edit]

  • "Hryhoriy Surkis biography" (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2013-04-19.
  • "Surkis Hryhoriy Mykhailovych, president" (in Ukrainian).
  • "Grigoriy Surkis (profile at UEFA)".
Preceded by
Presidents of PFL
Succeeded by
Ravil Safiullin
Preceded by
Valeriy Pustovoitenko
Presidents of FFU
Succeeded by
Anatoliy Konkov