Aleksander Čeferin

Aleksander Čeferin is a Slovenian lawyer and football administrator who has been serving as the President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since September 14, 2016. Born on October 13, 1967, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Čeferin studied law at the University of Ljubljana, where he later obtained his master’s degree.

Before his tenure as UEFA President, Čeferin was involved in various legal roles within football administration. He served as the President of the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) from 2011 to 2016. During his time as NZS President, he implemented reforms aimed at improving the governance and infrastructure of Slovenian football.

As UEFA President, Čeferin has focused on various initiatives, including promoting fair play, transparency, and inclusivity within European football. He has also been actively involved in addressing issues such as financial fair play, competitive balance, and the development of grassroots football across Europe.

Under his leadership, UEFA has expanded its efforts to combat discrimination and promote diversity and inclusion in football. Additionally, Čeferin has played a key role in UEFA’s response to challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, working to ensure the safe resumption of football activities while prioritizing the health and well-being of players, staff, and fans.

Čeferin’s presidency has been marked by his commitment to modernizing and strengthening UEFA’s governance structures, as well as his advocacy for the continued growth and prosperity of European football at all levels.

UEFA

UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, is the administrative and controlling body for European football. Founded on June 15, 1954, in Basel, Switzerland, UEFA is one of six continental confederations of world football’s governing body, FIFA. Its headquarters are located in Nyon, Switzerland. UEFA represents the national football associations of Europe, organizes national and club competitions including the UEFA European Championship (Euro) and the UEFA Champions League, and controls the prize money, regulations, and media rights for those competitions.

The organization plays a critical role in promoting, protecting, and developing European football at all levels, from grassroots to the elite professional leagues. UEFA’s responsibilities include overseeing match officiating, managing disciplinary actions, and enhancing the quality and appeal of football competitions across the continent. It also works on improving the game’s integrity through initiatives against match-fixing and doping. By fostering collaboration among its member associations, UEFA aims to ensure the continued growth and success of football throughout Europe.

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