European football governing body UEFA has announced a new president for the organisation following a landslide victory on Wednesday in Athens.

Slovenia lawyer Aleksander Ceferin has succeeded Michel Platini to become UEFA’s seventh president after the 48-year-old beat his Dutch rival Michael van Praag by 42 votes to 13, with no abstentions at the polls.

Ceferin, who is practically unknown in the world of football, will now complete the remaining two-and-a-half years of former president Platini’s term, after the Frenchman was banned from all football activities in December before embarking on his officially. 

“Dear friends, thank you for your fantastic support,” Ceferin said after the result was announced.

“It’s a great honour, but also a great responsibility. It means a lot to me and my family is very proud, and my small and beautiful Slovenia is very proud about it. I hope one day you will also be proud of me.”

In attendance at the UEFA Extraordinary 2016 Congress in Greece where the election took place were FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Platini and a host of other stakeholders in the football business. 

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