Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, February 24, 2020 08:52:07 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Challenges lie ahead as UEFA president Ceferin set for re-election

photo by

By
07th-Feb-2019       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AFP, Lausanne :
Two and a half years after becoming UEFA president in the wake of the scandal that brought down Michel Platini, Aleksander Ceferin will win a new four-year term at the head of European football's governing body on Thursday.
The 51-year-old Slovenian lawyer - who saw off the Dutchman Michael van Praag in 2016 - is the only candidate this time in the election for the UEFA president, which will be take place at the organisation's Congress in Rome.
Previously the head of the Slovenian Football Federation, Ceferin's presidency so far has been marked by his discretion and a less charismatic approach than that of Platini.
The Frenchman is still suspended until October this year, when he will complete a four-year ban from all football-related activities following the corruption scandal that also brought down then-FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.
"The situation was ideal. The biggest scandal had tarnished football's image," Ceferin admitted during a recent speech to students in Ljubljana as he discussed the situation when he took over.
"I stood. I was underestimated and when (opponents) realised the situation, it was too late."
Since then, Ceferin - recently ranked just behind Melania Trump among the most influential Slovenian citizens in the world by Slovenian magazine Reporter - has imposed his own, more understated, style.
His most notable achievements have been introducing term limits for UEFA presidents - to a maximum of three four-year stints - and, according to one of those close to him, "maintaining unity in European football".
Having previously been largely charged with putting in place measures voted for under the previous regime of Platini and Gianni Infantino, Ceferin can now hope to really make his mark and implement his own changes.
"You can see with him a desire to give more of a place to the smaller clubs and nations with the creation of a third European club competition and the Nations League. But it is too soon to say if that will make a difference," says Didier Primault, director of The Centre of the Law and Economics of Sport in the French city of Limoges.
The biggest bone of contention moving forward is the plan of Infantino -now FIFA president - to introduce a new, expanded Club World Cup and global Nations League. Determined to protect UEFA's own Champions League and recently-introduced Nations League, Ceferin is opposed to those ideas.
Reforms to the Champions League which mean the continent's leading four leagues - Spain, England, Germany and Italy - now all get four automatic qualifying spots in the group stage were initially proposed by Platini but brought in under Ceferin's presidency.
Nevertheless, the Slovenian has sought to champion the rights of clubs from smaller countries, and he must look for ways to restore competitive balance, something he recently said was his "greatest challenge" going forward.
Late last year UEFA confirmed plans to bring back a third European club competition from 2021/22, which would have 32 teams mainly from smaller member associations.
Meanwhile, Ceferin will also have to deal with the burning issue of Financial Fair Play (FFP) - can he restore faith in what was one of Platini's flagship projects at a time when many feel clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have pushed its credibility to the limits?
And in the background there is the question of whether he might one day seek to take the step from UEFA to FIFA.
"For the moment I am not interested in the FIFA presidency at all. But if you ask me if I will be in four, eight or 10 years, I can't say yes or no," he said recently.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Ronaldo marks 1,000th game with record-equalling goal


AFP, Rome :Cristiano Ronaldo scored for a record-equalling 11th consecutive Serie A game in his 1,000th professional match as Juventus extended their league lead on Saturday with a 2-1 win over basement club SPAL.The 35-year-old tapped in six minutes before the break to equal the mark held by Gabriel Batistuta ...

Editorial »

We don't need experts to tell us banking sector is ruined


 AS Bangladesh Bank has miserably failed to function properly, the country's banking sector is heading towards a total collapse and is being held hostage by a few individuals and entities. This remark comes from the local think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue on Saturday marking the government's move for appointing a ...

Entertainment »

Kirti Kulhari skips cab and takes auto-rickshaw


Mission Mangal actor Kirti Kulhari was spotted taking a rickshaw ride in the city. The actor who prefers to take auto to travel for short distances was quite happy as she posted on Instagram “When all the ubers and the olas of the world leave u stranded, it's the Rickshaws ...

International »

UN chief urges new transit point for aid to Syria


AFP, United Nations :UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to authorize a new passage point on the Turkish border to allow humanitarian aid to reach the embattled population of northeast Syria, where medical supplies are running short.The recommendation came in a report issued Friday to Council ...

Editorial »

Govt incapable of deciding how to deal with Rohingya crises


NEWSPAPERS reported that the government is shifting its previous stance on sheltering one lakh Rohingyas to remote Bhashan Char due to constant objections from the international community, especially the aid agencies. Bhashan Char is only 25 kilometres from Sandwip Island and it has a fast siltation rate. There is also ...

Football »

Lewandowski double edge Bayern past bottom side Paderborn


Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich squeezed past bottom side Paderborn 3-2 on Friday as Robert Lewandowski netted twice to spare goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's blushes in their final game before facing Chelsea in the Champions League.Lewandowski now has a league-leading tally of 26 goals in the top flight, illustrating his importance to ...

Entertainment »

Priyanka wishes Sophie a happy birthday


Priyanka Chopra has shared a sweet birthday wish for sister-in-law and Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner on her 24th birthday. She shared a picture from the 2017 MET Gala where she not just made her first appearance with now husband Nick Jonas but also met Sophie. Sharing the picture ...

Sports »

Venezuela's Rojas sets new indoor women's triple jump world record


Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas on Friday set a new indoor women's triple jump world record of 15.43m at a meeting in Madrid.The 24-year-old world champion bettered the previous world record of 15.36m set by Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva in Budapest in March 2004.Rojas's new mark also left her just seven centimetres short ...

International »

Sanders condemns Russian interference in 2020 elections


Agencies :Bernie Sanders on Friday condemned Russian interference in the 2020 election, telling Russia President Vladimir Putin that "if elected president, trust me, you are not going to be interfering in American elections."Sanders issued a statement in response to The Washington Post's report that the Vermont senator was briefed by ...

International »

China's President expresses thanks to Bill Gates help for tackling virus epidemic


AFP, Beijing :Chinese President Xi Jinping has written a letter expressing thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the organisation's "generosity" and support tackling a deadly virus epidemic, state media said Saturday.The outbreak of the new COVID-19 strain has claimed 2,345 lives in mainland China and infected more ...

Entertainment »

Angrezi Medium’s song Ek Zindagi is all about living dreams


Homi Adajania’s upcoming comedy-drama film Angrezi Medium is about the lovable relationship between a father and his daughter. The chemistry of the relation is portrayed beautifully by Irrfan Khan and Radhika Madaan in the trailer and now the makers have released the first song from the fil titled Ek Zindagi ...

Football »

Messi sees 'strange' things at Barcelona after social media row


Lionel Messi said Wednesday it was "strange" to see Barcelona locked in a row over a company accused of criticising current and former players, including himself, on social media.Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Tuesday the club had terminated its contract with PR company, I3 Ventures, who had been ...

Editorial »

21 February should be celebration of free speech


THE historic Amtala, where Language Movement activists gathered on February 21, 1952 to defy a curfew and protest the then Pakistan government's refusal to recognise Bangla as one of the State languages of Pakistan is covered by encroachers.Pakistan government was ultimately compelled to include an article in the country's Constitution ...

International »

How Trump visit could leverage CAA and Kashmir against PM Modi


Agencies, New Delhi :As India rolls out the red carpet to receive US President Donald Trump next week, rough spots that have arisen in the wake of the Modi government's decisions on Kashmir and the subsequent passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act will need diplomatic resolution. The Modi government's sudden ...

International »

India ‘bigger problem’ than China: Michael Bloomberg on carbon emissions


PTI, Washington :India poses a bigger problem than China when it comes to fighting climate change, particularly on reducing carbon emissions, Democratic presidential aspirant and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.During his maiden appearance on a Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Bloomberg said it ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news