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.