Aleksander Ceferin was elected as the new president of UEFA during a congress in Athens. Ceferin beat out vice-president Michael van Praag for the post.
Ceferin, 48, is the head of the Slovenian Football Federation, a post he’s held since 2011. The lawyer received more than enough pledges to secure the win, picking up 42 votes, 14 more than the 28 majority votes needed.
Ceferin replaces Michel Platini who resigned last year after receiving an eight-year ban from football after being found guilty of misconduct regarding a payment from former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
“Dear friends, thank you for your fantastic support,” Ceferin said at the congress. “It is a great honor but at the same time a great responsibility. It means a lot to me. My family is very proud about it.
“My small and beautiful Slovenia is also proud about it. I hope one day you will also be proud of me. Thank you very much.”
The Slovenian will sit for the remainder of Platini’s term which ends in 2019.