UEFA head Ceferin promises bright future in new four-year term

Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino

Aleksander Ceferin is a Slovenian lawyer and football administrator.

"In a world of constant and increasingly rapid change, where time seems to go ever faster and every day brings a fresh challenge, we are going to have to do more than simply adapt", Ceferin stated.

Ceferin was president of the Football Association of Slovenia between 2011 and 2016, and had been the President of UEFA since September 14, 2016. We are going to have to think ahead and undertake some major developments.

"I'm happy, because I represent the RFEF and that I've received 90% of the votes in Europe", he explained in a press conference after the UEFA congress in Rome.

The row over FIFA's controversial plans for a new Club World Cup and global Nations League has intensified, after UEFA's president pulled no punches in a searing attack on the proposals in front of his counterpart.

Back in November, German outlet Der Spiegel published a series of damning exposés in which City were accused of, among other things, manipulating sponsors' contracts in order to circumvent Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Other key Ceferin targets through 2023 are a European bidder winning the 2030 World Cup hosting rights and updating the financial fair play rules which monitor club finances.

UEFA's club competitions will be regularly reviewed to ensure they are "in keeping with the times, full of excitement and intensity".

The FIFA President said his plans, first put forward at a FIFA Council meeting in Bogota last March, were backed by an investment consortium willing to put in $25 billion over a 12-year cycle in return for 49 percent ownership of the competitions.

'We sincerely hope that Federation Internationale de Football Association will also show us respect by listening to our views...

Labeled Together for the Future of Football, UEFA's 2019-2024 strategy is based on four pillars - football, trust, competitiveness and prosperity - and has been drawn up in consultation with European national associations, leagues, clubs and players' representative groups. UEFA and European football deserve to be respected.