Although UEFA is frequently criticized, it appears that national federations in Europe are happy with the course they are taking. Aleksandr Ceferin, the president, was successfully re-elected to a second term after facing no challengers. Since being chosen as the seventh President of the body that oversees European football in September 2016, Ceferin has held the position. Prior to 2016, he presided over the Slovenian Football Association as president.
Although competing candidates had until Thursday night to make their presentations, the Slovenian will remain in power until 2027, a further four years, with his formal inauguration taking place on April 5 in Lisbon, according to Marca.
Aleksandr Ceferin and his responsibilities as UEFA President
Ceferin will be in charge of two very important things: defending against the Superleague’s challenge and changing the Champions League’s format.
In 2024, the top competition in Europe will move from a group stage of 32 teams to a league format with 36 teams. The six group games will be replaced by ten carefully chosen and seeded matches, with the top 16 teams from the overall league phase advancing to the knockout rounds. Read More: Arabian Gulf Cup: Groups, Format, Venue, Team Detail, and Other
In addition, his main responsibility is to defeat the Super League’s challenge to the dominance of the Champions League as UEFA fights them in court.
Since his arrival, Ceferin has brought the Europa Conference League, whose inaugural season Roma won.
Who is going to be the UEFA Vice-President?
The incumbent FIFA vice president from Hungary, Sándor Csányi, is up for re-election, but Ari Lahti, the president of Finland’s football association, is challenging him.
David Martin of Northern Ireland is running for re-election to the FIFA vice-president position that is designated for the British Associations—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—but Debbie Hewitt of England, who has been the Football Association’s chairwoman since January 2022, is challenging him. Read More: Following a “harsh diagnosis” of a hamstring injury, Liverpool will likely be without Virgil van Dijk
Fernando Gomes, the president of the Portuguese Football Federation, is challenging Noel Le Grat of France in his bid to retain his seat as an ordinary member of the FIFA Council.
The only candidate for a seat as an ordinary member of the FIFA Council is Bernd Neuendorf of Germany.
For FIFA’s Review Committee to conduct the necessary eligibility checks, UEFA will send FIFA the completed eligibility questionnaires for each candidate. The application deadline for positions on the UEFA Executive Committee is February 5, 2023. The 47th UEFA Ordinary Congress is scheduled to take place in Lisbon on April 5.
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