Grigory Surkis – Biography

Grigory Surkis - Ukrainian businessman and politician, one of the vice-presidents of UEFA


Grigory Surkis – Ukrainian businessman and politician, one of the vice-presidents of UEFA to 24 May 2013. In the past Grigoriy Surkis was president of the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) until September 2012, is now its honorary president.

Grigory Mikhailovich was born in Odessa, 4 September 1949, to a Jewish family.

After school he entered the Kiev Technological Institute of Food Industry, from which he graduated in 1972.

In the last year at college Surkis found a job in Glavplodvinprom the USSR, where he worked as a senior engineer of logistics until 1974.

At the period from 1974 to 1988 he worked with the construction industry in Kharkov SRSU №1, first at the position of superintendent, then chief of logistics.

At the period from 1988 to 1991 he worked at the Kiev City Executive Committee, Deputy Chief .

In 1991 he became CEO of the joint venture “Dynamo-Atlantic”, remained in this position until 1993.

Between 1993 and 1998, Surkis was president of football club “Dynamo Kiev”.

In parallel with this, in the peroid from 1992 to 1998, he served as president UPFK “Slavutich”.

In 2007, for the third time re-elected as FFU.

Many politicians, businessmen, football functionaries point out that it is thanks to the efforts of Grigory Mikhailovich, UEFA decided to hold in Poland and Ukraine European Football Championship 2012. Policy in 2007

Between 1998 and 2006, twice became a people’s deputy of Ukraine (the third and fourth convocations), the Parliament passed the list of the SDPU (o). Quite a long time has been at the helm of the party.


The most important and biggest passion is football Surkis. Who last gave a fairly large segment of life and continues to do so.

A family

He was married twice, his first wife was Tatiana (born in 1957), second wife was Catherine. She has two children – a son (born in 2006) and a daughter (born in 1972).


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