Aleksander Ceferin the favorite in UEFA's presidential election
The UEFA presidential election is Wednesday, and multiple European sources say they think Slovenian FA president Aleksander Ceferin will beat Michael van Praag of the Netherlands.
Ceferin, a 48-year-old lawyer, is viewed as an outsider to UEFA governance and as such a breath of fresh air in the post-FIFA scandal world. He supports term limits and giving a voice to smaller UEFA nations, and he has the support of many countries including France, Italy, Germany, Russia and, soureces say, FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
There has been a power vacuum at UEFA since former president Michel Platini was banned, and the European Clubs Association took advantage of that power vacuum, pushing through a new measure that will see the top four teams of the big major countries–England, Spain, Italy, Germany–all qualify automatically for the Champions League group stage beginning in 2018.