Aleksander Ceferin will remain as UEFA president for four more years, APA reports.
The deadline for presenting candidacies ended on Thursday (5 January), with the only Slovenian coming forward, which will allow the 55-year-old to be re-elected for the third time during the UEFA General Congress on 5 April in Lisbon. During one of the last UEFA Executive Committee meetings in Frankfurt, it was announced that Ceferin had the written support of all 55 European federations, which could have potentially put off anyone who wanted to run against him.
“In accordance with article 4 (1) of the regulations governing the implementation of the UEFA Statutes, candidates for UEFA president must be proposed to the UEFA administration in writing at least three months before the UEFA Congress, that is, before 24:00 on Thursday, 5 January, 2023″, state the electoral laws of the European football union. Since there is no other candidate, Ceferin has a free hand to be re-elected in April in Lisbon.
In recent times and especially after the breakaway Super League debacle, Ceferin has acquired added prominence as UEFA head and has shown himself to be very upright in all his decisions. He was (and is) especially belligerent with the clubs that continue to aspire to forge a breakaway tournament outside of UEFA (Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus) and earned the confidence of the European Union when defending his model. The opinion of the General Advocate of the Court of Luxembourg, although not binding, gave him support for a Super League-UEFA battle that will be fully settled in 2023, with him as president.