Niinistö to stand in election for President of Finnish FA
The Speaker of Parliament and former Finance Minister Sauli Niinistö (National Coalition Party) has announced his willingness to stand for election as the new President of the Finnish Football Association.
Niinistö, who celebrated his 61st birthday on Monday, is making no further comments on the matter.
In addition to the high-profile candidacy of the man who once led the National Coalition Party and ran against Tarja Halonen in the last Presidential elections, the race includes Göran Enckelman, also 61, who is the Principal of the Eerikkilä Sports Institute. Enckelman is a former goalkeeper, who represented Finland on 21 occasions.
The Finnish FA will choose a successor to the current President Pekka Hämäläinen in November. Hämäläinen has held the position since 1997.