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Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin is new UEFA boss

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> European soccer announcing its new president is the boss of Slovenia's Football Federation, Aleksander Ceferin, little known before this election, but the overwhelming choice. He said the winds of change were blowing through European football, promising to champion smaller countries and leagues. Reuter's European sports editor is Mitch Philips.
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>> He hasn't been part of the ExCo, the Executive Committee, but as he said himself today, you don't get 42 votes by being unknown, so he is known within administrative circles. What he hasn't been is a part of that high profile group of administrators that we've seen over the years.
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So now we've got him in place, and we've got Gianni Infantino in place as the head of FIFA. So there's a completely new look at the top of the two most important positions in world soccer.>>
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>> The jewel in UEFA's crown is the Champions League. And Ceferin's not a fan of its new structure.
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In 2020, the four big leagues, England, Spain, Italy, and Germany will get extra spots in the competition. It's a reform introduced by Ceferin's disgraced predecessor. Michel Platini was banned from football for four years for ethics violations, but still allowed to address UEFA on Wednesday. He says his conscience is clear.
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Now Ceferin calls the new Champions League structure flawed, but stopped short of promising to change it. Though he has vowed to fight any attempt to set up a breakaway super league for Europe's elite.>> It's a great honor, but at the same time, great responsibility.>> Quite a challenge, too, with world and European football tainted by corruption scandals surrounding their former bosses, Ceferin's first task will be to show he has a clean pair of hands.