UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, right, leads at the executive committee as UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis prepares his papers in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Aleksander Ceferin went into his first day in charge of European football Thursday facing big decisions, high hopes and some doubts over how a little-known official from Slovenia could become president of the most powerful football confederation.Ceferin is an accomplished lawyer with little record in football before he became head of the Slovenian federation in 2011 . In a vote for the UEFA presidency Wednesday, he hammered the body's vice president Michael van Praag of the Netherlands 42-13 in what many saw as a call for change.German federation president Reinhard Grindel said the vote showed a "fundamentally new dynamic" in European football and his country wants a say in Ceferin's policies.Ceferin said that would take dialogue with the big clubs.With Ceferin in charge at UEFA and Gianni Infantino at FIFA, the European and world bodies both have leaders who could not have been imagined one year ago.
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