The Slovenian Football Association chief Aleksander Ceferin has been confirmed as the new president of UEFA. Ceferin beat Dutchman, Michael van Praag in Wednesday’s election. He was the overwhelming favourite to replace disgraced former president Michel Platini during the vote at UEFA’s Congress in Athens.
Ceferin is a graduate of Ljubljana University’s law faculty. He went on to work for his family’s law firm, developing a special interest in representing professional athletes and sports clubs. He later took over from his father as company director. He first took a formal interest in local football in 2005 through his work with the executive board of KMN Svea Lesna Litija, one of Slovenia’s most successful futsal clubs. A member of the executive committee of amateur side FC Ljubljana Lawyers since 2005, he served as a member at NK Olimpija Ljubljana from 2006-11.
Ceferin is a married father of three, fluent in English and Italian. He was elected as Football Association of Slovenia president in 2011. He was re-elected for a second four-year term in February 2015.