As expected, the re-election of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin should be a mere formality. Likewise, DFB President Bernd Neuendorf is certain to be elected to the FIFA Council.

As UEFA announced on Friday, Ceferin will go into the congress on 5 April in Lisbon without an opposing candidate and will thus be facing his third term in office. The incumbent from Slovenia has led the association since September 2016. His re-election is considered certain, and the DFB had also expressed its support early on. The deadline for potential candidates to stand for re-election was 5 January. For Ceferin, it would be his last term in office, as the UEFA Statutes allow a maximum of three terms.

In addition, DFB President Bernd Neuendorf will play a greater role in international football in the future. The 61-year-old is scheduled to succeed former DFB vice-president Peter Peters as the European representative on the FIFA Council. Neuendorf is also an unopposed candidate, and the mandate would last for two years.

David Martin (Northern Ireland) and Sandor Csanyi (Hungary) are up for re-election as vice presidents. They are duelling with new candidates Debbie Hewitt (England) and David Ari Lahti (Finland). Fernando Gomes (Portugal) and Noel le Great (France) is running for a four-year term on the FIFA Council.

Watzke to join Executive Committee

In Lisbon, DFB vice-president and DFL supervisory board head Hans-Joachim Watzke is also expected to join the UEFA Executive Committee. The deadline for nominations is 5 February. Watzke succeeds Rainer Koch, who, like Peters, announced his retirement from international posts following electoral defeats at the DFB’s national conference in March 2022.

Thus, the leading faces in world football will remain unchanged for years to come, as Gianni Infantino’s re-election in March at the FIFA Congress in Kigali is also certain without opposition. The Swiss – who like Ceferin – has presided over the federation since 2016, could even remain in office until 2031, although FIFA also only provides for three terms. But he recently announced that his first three years as president would not count as his first term.