Germany, France, Russia and various Scandinavian countries had earlier thrown their weight behind Ceferin, so the result was not a surprise, broadcaster NOS said.
‘Aleksander and I were rivals but no longer,’ Van Praag said after the votes had been counted. ‘I had gladly won, and I fought a fair fight. And that is how we want things to be. We both want to create a different, better Uefa.
Ceferin deserves all our support and he can count on mine, if he wants it.’ Ceferin replaces Frenchman Michel Platini who was suspended following revelations about a dubious deal made with the former FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter.