Ceferin was elected ahead of his only rival the 68-year-old Dutch FA president Michael van Praagm winning 42 of the of the 55 European association pledges. The English FA was among the handful that voted for Van Praag, “It’s a great honour, but also a great responsibility. It means a lot to me and my family is very proud, and my small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it. I hope one day you will also be proud of me,” the new president told after election. Ceferin insisted that his relative youth and inexperience would not be a problem. His previous roles were: Board member of FC Litija, member of NK Olimpija Ljubljana, president of Slovenian FA, company director for his family’s law firm.
As he declared, his first priority will be to look again at the controversial recent deal to give more Champions League revenue to the continent’s biggest clubs.