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President of the Football Association of Slovenia and new UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin delivers a speech before the election for the new UEFA President in Athens, Greece September 14, 2016.Reuters

Aleksander Ceferin has been named as the successor of Michel Platini at UEFA, the European football governing body said on Wednesday. The 48-year-old Slovenian football administrator, who is also a black belt in karate, was announced as the seventh UEFA president at the football body's Extraordinary Congress in Athens.

Ceferin bagged a total of 42 votes from UEFA's member associations, against 13 votes for the other candidate, Michael van Praag (Netherlands). He will now be in office until 2019.

"It's a great honour 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 very proud about it and I hope one day you will be very proud of me too," Ceferin was quoted as saying by Guardian.

"Some people may have said I'm not a leader. You can say that I'm young and inexperienced but I honestly think it's disrespectful to all the presidents of small and medium-sized federations who every year have to do more with less.

"What I know is that I'm a team player, a man of conviction, a passionate man and a man of his word. I am not a showman and I'm not a man of unrealistic promises," he explained.

Michel Platini, meanwhile, who has been banned from all football activity for four years over a £1.35m "disloyal payment" received from former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, bid goodbye from football for the one last time.

"I'd like to thank you for these nine years. I think we did a great job. I hope you enjoyed it and are proud of what we achieved. I'm proud. That's why I wanted to say goodbye and thank you. Friends of football, farewell," said the Frenchman.

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