Aleksander Čeferin elected UEFA President

Aleksander Čeferin has been elected UEFA President at the European body's Extraordinary Congress in Athens.

Aleksander Čeferin elected UEFA President
Aleksander Čeferin elected UEFA President ©UEFA.com

Aleksander Čeferin has been elected UEFA President at the European body's Extraordinary Congress in Athens.

The 48-year-old Slovenian received 42 votes from UEFA's member associations, against 13 votes for the other candidate, Michael van Praag (Netherlands). Čeferin's mandate runs until 2019.

Speaking following his election, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said:

"It is a great honour and a great responsibility UEFA’s member associations have entrusted me with. I am looking forward to working closely with all of you in order to promote, protect and develop football across our continent and to ensure that the European football family is always united… now and in the future."

In taking the helm of European football, Čeferin becomes the seventh UEFA President, following Ebbe Schwartz (Denmark, 1955-1962), Gustav Wiederkehr (Switzerland, 1962-1972), Artemio Franchi (Italy, 1973-1983), Jacques Georges (France, 1983-1990), Lennart Johansson (Sweden, 1990-2007) and Michel Platini (France, 2007-2016), who have all served as UEFA President since the body was founded in 1954.

In addition, Evelina Christillin, a 60-year old Italian national, was elected by acclamation as a female European member of the FIFA Council.

Note to editors:

A biography of Aleksander Čeferin can be found here: http://uefa.to/2cw0WKp

A biography of Evelina Christillin can be found here: http://uefa.to/2c9S8uY

Pictures are available here: https://photolibrary.uefa.ch/Go/PFjSiZOd