Ceferin served a first term from September 2016
51-year-old Aleksander Ceferin will remain UEFA president until 2023. Slovenian was the only candidate for the presidency of the European Confederation in the elections held in Rome on Thursday 7 February and was re-elected unanimously.
Read Aleksander Čeferin's full speech as he's confirmed as UEFA President for a new four-year term ?https://t.co/zbvaQh6IdA
— UEFA (@UEFA) February 7, 2019
Ceferin will therefore remain at the top of UEFA’s leadership for a full term this time, that is, four years. As we should not forget that his previous term was only 2.5 years, as was the remaining time of the former president, Michel Platini, who was dismissed from his post.
Ceferin will now show how powerful he is and how much he has, as he admitted in his speech, he made mistakes as well as everyone who works. In the coming years, it will try to provide solutions to even more issues that European football is hitting. While working, however, it may have been a bit, as he said, but he was able to keep the teams, federations and union associations together. He made it clear once again that with his counterpart, Juventus owner and ECA’s top executive, Andrea Agnielli, there will never be a Super League.
Ceferin, first elected in September 2016 to replace Michel Platini after the former French midfielder was banned by FIFA for ethics violations – which he has continued to deny – also continues to insist that there would be no European Super League while he was president of UEFA Andrea Agnelli Head of the European Club Association. “It’s not a promise, it’s a fact,” he added.
Listen to us …
At the same time, Aleksander Ceferin, made it clear that the European organization does not agree with Gianni Infantino’s proposal for the two new competitions that are preparing the World Cup of Associations and the World Cup of Nations. Before being re-elected, Ceferin opened the UEFA conference in Rome on a number of issues discussed besides the changes in the annual tournament.
“We do not agree with the new FIFA Club World Cup that they want to create,” he explained. “We demand respect from FIFA and listen to us, nothing more“.
The president of the European Confederation believes that a solution will be found and will be able to give more money to the League of Europe, which complains that the percentage it receives is too small and that money should be redistributed better. So that the “old continent” tournaments are more competitive and not become monopolies.
Mr Ceferin then referred to women’s football “Women’s football should not be promoted as a fashion or because it is politically correct,” he underlined. “It’s not the future, it’s the present.” In this modern world, there must be no differences between women and men in football. ”
"Contrary to what some people say, women's football is not the football of the future. Women's football is the football of today, of now."
— UEFA (@UEFA) February 8, 2019
Meanwhile UEFA Principal, Roberto Rosetti on Wednesday, in the presence of selected European journalists, made a wonderful presence of the VAR , which has been fully implemented since the 16th UEFA Champions League and will continue to the final.
It will also be active on August 14th in the European Cup Final in Istanbul, as well as in the European Under-21 Championship scheduled for June 2019 in Italy and in the final stage of the Nations League in Portugal this summer.
Impressive revenue growth
UEFA, as pointed out by Ceferin, is expecting an impressive increase in revenue. Specifically in the 2019-20 season, its revenues will reach 5.7 billion euros. In season 2017/18, UEFA had revenue of 2,790 billion euros, slightly lower than in 2016/17 (2,836 billion euros).
The majority of the money comes from television rights agreements (€ 2,236 billion), excluding 450 million from commercial revenue, 23 million from tickets, 25 million from hospitality and 35 million from other revenue. With regard to costs, 2.1 billion are reallocated between premiums and contributions.
The numbers are expected to improve for the coming seasons. Revenue will increase from 2.79 billion in 2017/18 to 3.86 billion in 2018/19 and will reach 5.72 billion in 2019/20.
UEFA’s rating refers to 4.19 billion of TV rights, 977 million commercial revenue, 361 million tickets, 154 hosting and 38 other revenue.
It should be noted that Euro2020 revenues will reach 2,085 billion euros, from 1,916 billion euros in 2016.
The increase in revenue will also increase the premiums to federal funds, from 301 million in 2016 to 371 in 2020.
The next UEFA Congress will be held in Amsterdam on March 3, 2020.