Ángel María Villar Llona

third vice-president


Nationality: Spanish
Date of birth:
21 January 1950
Association president since:

• Having come through their youth ranks, Ángel María Villar Llona made his debut for Athletic Club in 1971, and was a regular fixture at San Mamés for a decade, scoring three goals in 22 games for Spain and finishing as a runner-up in the 1977 UEFA Cup. Having studied for a law degree while playing, he was one of the founder members of the Spanish players' association in 1978 and later president of the local association in Vizcaya, working his way up to become Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president in 1988.

• Villar Llona performs various tasks with Spanish, European and world institutions – standing out are his roles with the FIFA and UEFA Executive Committee, serving as vice-president with both organisations. He is also a spokesman for the Spanish Olympic Committee. During his watch, the Spain national team have achieved their greatest period of success, winning UEFA EURO 2008, UEFA EURO 2012 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as well as gaining a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, plus silver in Sydney in 2000. Villar has also overseen two FIFA Futsal World Cups and seven UEFA European Futsal Championships, as well as assorted titles at under-age levels, including the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Success has also come in the female game with UEFA European Women's Under-17 and U19 Championship wins.

• Married with three children, Villar Llona has said: "For me, football is life. I have played the game at every level from schoolboy to club professional and the national team, and experienced the passion and the joy that this great game brings. I also know what football means to millions of people and I try to bring that to my work helping to develop the game for future generations." He was re-elected for an eighth term of office in May 2017.