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Hans-Joachim Watzke the sole candidate for election to the UEFA Executive Committee



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The election of Hans-Joachim Watzke to the Executive Committee of the European Football Union (UEFA) is only a matter of form. The head of the supervisory board of the German Football League (DFL) and vice president of the German Football Association (DFB) is the only candidate to succeed Rainer Koch, who had vacated his post on the board. This was announced by UEFA on Thursday.

Watzke’s election will take place at the UEFA Congress on April 5 in Lisbon. Then President Aleksander Ceferin will stand for re-election unopposed.

The Slovenian took over the post in 2016 as the successor to Michel Platini and is about to serve his third term.

Koch had personal consequences in April 2022 after his failed re-election to the DFB presidium.

He vacated his post on the UEFA Executive Committee and also refrained from running again for president of the Bavarian Football Association.