Malta Football Association
Čeferin re-elected as UEFA President for four-year term
Feb 7, 2019
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Aleksander Čeferin – UEFA President
Aleksander Čeferin – UEFA President

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has been re-elected for a second term of office at the 43rd UEFA Ordinary Congress in Rome.

The 51-year old Slovenian, who was elected as UEFA’s seventh President in September 2016, was confirmed in office for another four-year term by acclamation on Thursday by delegates from UEFA's 55 member associations, and pledged that ‘unity, hope, respect and solidarity" would be key elements in UEFA's strategy, mission and activities during the next term of his presidency.


European football, he said, should remain "respectful, respectable and respected."


“Thank you once again for placing your trust in me,” Čeferin told the associations' delegates. "I am both touched and honoured." 


Čeferin insisted that, despite recent successes and positive developments, in particular concerning the spirit of unity that was prevailing across European football, UEFA would not tread water in fulfilling its role as the governing body of the game on this continent.


“The most dangerous thing we could do is to rest on our laurels and bask in our current situation,” he reflected. “We are in a fairly remarkable position, but that is not enough.


“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. We are going to have to think ahead and undertake some major developments.


“We must not allow our recent short-term successes to hide the much more complex challenges that lie ahead.”


Turning to on-field matters, the UEFA President emphasised the important status of Europe's major national team competitions – the UEFA EURO and the UEFA Nations League. The latter he said, was promising to be a resounding success, while UEFA EURO 2020 – to be staged in 12 cities across Europe next summer – will send out "a strong message not only to football lovers, but to Europe as a whole; the message of an open, tolerant and united Europe."


Women's football, he promised, will be taken to a new level thanks to the UEFA Women's EURO in England in 2021.


Norman Darmanin Demajo and Dr Angelo Chetcuti, President and General Secretary respectively, are representing the Malta FA at the UEFA Congress in Rome.

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