Aleksander Čeferin elected as UEFA President

Aleksander Čeferin elected as UEFA President

Slovenian lawyer Aleksander Ceferin has been voted the President of European football’s governing body (UEFA), succeeding the disgraced Michel Platini.

Ceferin will now take over the remaining two and a half years of the Frenchman’s four-year term after defeating the Dutch FA president, Michael van Praag, by 42 votes to 13.

After winning a landslide victory, Ceferin said: “It’s a great honour but at the same time a great responsibility. It means a lot to me. My family is very proud about it, my small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it and I hope one day you will be very proud of me too.”

Aleksander Čeferin was born on October 13, 1967 in Ljubljana. Čeferin took a formal interest in local football in 2005 through his work with the executive board of the FC Litija. He served as a member at NK Olimpija Ljubljana from 2006 to 2011.

In 2011, Čeferin was elected President of the Football Association of Slovenia.