UEFA

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA /jˈfə/ yoo-AY-fə; French: Union des Associations Européennes de Football;[lower-alpha 1] German: Vereinigung Europäischer Fußballverbände)[lower-alpha 2] is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
AbbreviationUEFA
Formation15 June 1954 (1954-06-15)
Founded atBasel, Switzerland
TypeFootball organisation
HeadquartersNyon, Switzerland
Coordinates46.371009°N 6.23103°E / 46.371009; 6.23103
Region served
Europe
Membership
55 full member associations
Official languages
English
French
German
(other main but not official: Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) [1]
Aleksander Čeferin[2]
First vice-president
Karl-Erik Nilsson
Vice-presidents
Sándor Csányi
Luis Rubiales
Fernando Gomes
Michele Uva
General secretary
Theodore Theodoridis
Main organ
UEFA Congress
Parent organization
FIFA
Websiteuefa.org

UEFA represents the national football associations of Europe, runs nation and club competitions including the UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Super Cup, and controls the prize money, regulations, and media rights to those competitions.

Henri Delaunay was the first general secretary and Ebbe Schwartz the first president. The current president is Aleksander Čeferin, a former Football Association of Slovenia president, who was elected as UEFA's seventh president at the 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens in September 2016, and automatically became a vice-president of the world body FIFA.[3]

History and membership

UEFA was founded on 15 June 1954 in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian, French, and Belgian associations.[4] The European football union began with 25 members; that number doubled by the early 1990s as new associations were born out of the fragmentation of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia into their constituent states. Until 1959 the main headquarters were located in Paris, and later in Bern. In 1995, UEFA headquarters were transferred to Nyon, Switzerland.

UEFA membership coincides for the most part with recognition as a sovereign country in Europe, although there are some exceptions. Some states (Monaco and Vatican City) are not members. Some UEFA members are not sovereign states, but form part of a larger recognised sovereign state in the context of international law. These include Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales (countries of the United Kingdom), Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory), the Faroe Islands (autonomous territory within Denmark), and Kosovo (disputed territory and partially recognised state), however in the context of these countries government functions concerning sport tend to be carried at the territorial level coterminous with the UEFA member entity.

Some UEFA members are transcontinental states (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Russia) and others are considered part of Europe both culturally and politically (Armenia and Cyprus). Countries which had been members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were also admitted to the European football association, particularly Israel (because it had been banned from the AFC group in 1974) and Kazakhstan. Additionally some UEFA member associations allow teams from outside their association's main territory to take part in their "domestic" competition. AS Monaco, for example, takes part in the French League (though a separate sovereign entity); Welsh clubs Cardiff City, Swansea City and Newport County A.F.C. participate in the English League; Derry City, situated in Northern Ireland, plays in the Republic of Ireland-based League of Ireland and the 7 native Liechtenstein teams play in the Swiss Leagues.

Members

CodeAssociationNational teamsFoundedFIFA
affiliation
UEFA
affiliation
ALB Albania193019321954
AND Andorra199419961996
ARM Armenia199219921992
AUT Austria190419051954
AZE Azerbaijan199219941994
BLR Belarus198919921993
BEL Belgium189519041954
BIH Bosnia and Herzegovina199219961998
BUL Bulgaria192319241954
CRO Croatia191219921993
CYP Cyprus193419481962
CZE Czech Republic190119071954
DEN Denmark188919041954
ENG England186319051954
EST Estonia192119231992
FRO Faroe Islands197919881990
FIN Finland190719081954
FRA France1919[n 1]1904[n 2]1954
GEO Georgia199019921992
GER Germany190019041954
GIB Gibraltar189520162013
GRE Greece192619271954
HUN Hungary190119061954
ISL Iceland1947[n 3]19471954
ISR Israel[n 4]194919491994[n 5]
ITA Italy189819051954
KAZ Kazakhstan[n 6]199419942002
KVX Kosovo194620162016
LVA Latvia192119221992
LIE Liechtenstein193419741974
LTU Lithuania192219231992
LUX Luxembourg190819101954
MLT Malta190019591960
MDA Moldova199019941993
MNE Montenegro193120072007
NED Netherlands188919041954
MKD North Macedonia192619941994
NIR Northern Ireland188019111954
NOR Norway190219081954
POL Poland1919[n 7]19231954
POR Portugal191419231954
IRL Republic of Ireland192119231954
ROU Romania190919231954
RUS Russia191219121954
SMR San Marino193119881988
SCO Scotland187319101954
SRB Serbia191919231954
SVK Slovakia193819941993
SVN Slovenia192019921992
ESP Spain190919041954
SWE Sweden190419041954
SUI  Switzerland189519041954
TUR Turkey192319231962
UKR Ukraine199119921992
WAL Wales187619101954
Notes
  1. Founded as Comité Français Interfédéral in 1907, a predecessor to the current federation.
  2. The current French FA, the French Football Federation (in its previous incarnation, the Comité Français Interfédéral), replaced the USFSA in 1907.
  3. Icelandic top-flight club football dates back to 1912 or 35 years prior to founding of KSI, All titles pre-1947 are recognized by KSI
  4. Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1954–1974), joined UEFA as several AFC teams refused to play against them. See also Foreign relations of Israel and International recognition of Israel.
  5. Israel had been an associated member of UEFA since 1992, therefore Israeli clubs were entitled to take part in the 1992–93 and 1993–94 UEFA club competitions despite Israel not being a full UEFA member.
  6. Former member of the Asian Football Confederation (1994–2002), joined UEFA.
  7. Founded as Związek Polski Piłki Nożnej (part of the disintegrated Austrian Football Union) in 1911, a predecessor to the current federation.

Former members

Non-Members

There are five European states that have national teams that are not affiliated with UEFA or FIFA.

Competitions

UEFA runs official international competitions in Europe and some countries of Northern, Southwestern and Central Asia for national teams and professional clubs, known as UEFA competitions, some of which are regarded as the world's most prestigious tournaments.

International

The UEFA is the organiser of two of the most prestigious competitions in international football: The UEFA European Championship and the UEFA Nations League. The main competition for men's national teams is the UEFA European Championship, started in 1958, with the first finals in 1960, and known as the European Nations Cup until 1964. It is also called UEFA or the EURO. The UEFA Nations League is the second tournament of the UEFA and was introduced in 2018. The tournament largely replaced the international friendly matches previously played on the FIFA International Match Calendar. It will be played every two years.

UEFA also runs national competitions at Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 levels. For women's national teams, UEFA operates the UEFA Women's Championship for senior national sides as well as Women's Under-19 and Women's Under-17 Championships.

UEFA also organised the UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup with CAF for youth teams in an effort to boost youth football. UEFA launched the UEFA Regions' Cup, for semi-professional teams representing their local region, in 1999. In futsal there is the UEFA Futsal Championship and UEFA Under-19 Futsal Championship. Despite the existence of UEFA's Futsal and Beach soccer committee, UEFA does not organise any beach soccer competitions. International and club beach soccer competitions for UEFA members are organised externally by Beach Soccer Worldwide.

The Italian, German, Spanish, French and Russian[7] men's national teams are the sole teams to have won the European football championship in all categories.

Club

The top-ranked UEFA competition is the UEFA Champions League, which started in the 1992/93 season and gathers the top 1–4 teams of each country's league (the number of teams depend on that country's ranking and can be upgraded or downgraded); this competition was re-structured from a previous one that only gathered the top team of each country (held from 1955 to 1992 and known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or simply the European Cup).

A second, lower-ranked competition is the UEFA Europa League. This competition, for national knockout cup winners and high-placed league teams, was launched by UEFA in 1971 as a successor of both the former UEFA Cup and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (also begun in 1955). A third competition, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, which had started in 1960, was absorbed into the UEFA Cup (now UEFA Europa League) in 1999.

In December 2018, UEFA announced the creation of a third club competition, with a working title of Europa League 2 (UEL2) (The name was later decided as UEFA Europa Conference League) . The competition would feature 32 teams directly in 8 groups of 4, with a knockout round between the second placed teams in UEFA Europa Conference League and the third placed teams in the Europa League, leading to a final 16 knockout stage featuring the eight group winners. UEFA announced that the first edition of the competition begins in 2021 [8].

In women's football UEFA also conducts the UEFA Women's Champions League for club teams. The competition was first held in 2001, and known as the UEFA Women's Cup until 2009.

The UEFA Super Cup pits the winners of the Champions League against the winners of the Europa League (previously the winners of the Cup Winners' Cup), and came into being in 1973.[9][10][11]

The UEFA Intertoto Cup was a summer competition, previously operated by several Central European football associations, which was relaunched and recognised as official UEFA club competition by UEFA in 1995.[12] The last Intertoto Cup took place in 2008.

The European/South American Cup was jointly organised with CONMEBOL between the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores winners.[13]

Only five teams[14][15] (Juventus, Ajax, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea[16]) have won each of the three main competitions (European Cup/UEFA Champions League, European Cup Winners' Cup/UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League),[17] a feat that is no longer possible for any team that did not win the Cup Winners' Cup. There are currently eight teams throughout Europe that have won two of the three trophies; all but one have won the Cup Winners' Cup, four require a win in the Champions League and four require a UEFA Europa League win.

Juventus of Italy was the first team in Europe—remaining the only one to date (2019)—to win all UEFA's official championships and cups[18] and, in commemoration of achieving that feat, have received The UEFA Plaque by the Union of European Football Associations on 12 July 1988.[19][20]

UEFA's premier futsal competition is the UEFA Futsal Cup, a tournament started in 2001 which replaced the former Futsal European Clubs Championship. This event, despite enjoying a long and well-established tradition in the European futsal community, dating back to 1984, was never recognised as official by UEFA.

UEFA competitions

Title holders

Competitions Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
Clubs Men
UEFA Champions League Liverpool 6th Tottenham Hotspur 2019–20
UEFA Europa League Chelsea 2nd Arsenal 2019–20
UEFA Super Cup Liverpool 4th Chelsea 2020
UEFA Youth League Porto 1st Chelsea 2019–20
UEFA Futsal Champions League Sporting CP 1st Kairat 2019–20
Clubs Women
UEFA Women's Champions League Lyon 6th Barcelona 2019–20
Nations Men
UEFA European Championship  Portugal 1st  France 2020 (June–July)
UEFA Nations League  Portugal 1st  Netherlands 2020–21 (Sep.–June)
UEFA European U-21 Championship  Spain 5th  Germany 2021 (June)
UEFA European U-19 Championship  Spain 11th  Portugal 2020 (July)
UEFA European U-17 Championship  Netherlands 4th  Italy 2020 (May)
UEFA Futsal Championship  Portugal 1st  Spain 2022
UEFA Under-19 Futsal Championship  Spain 1st  Croatia 2021
Nations Women
UEFA Women's Championship  Netherlands 1st  Denmark 2021 (July)
UEFA Women's U-19 Championship  France 5th  Germany 2020 (July)
UEFA Women's U-17 Championship  Germany 7th  Netherlands 2020 (May)
UEFA Women's Futsal Championship  Spain 1st  Portugal 2021

Titles by nation

Nation Men Women Futsal Total
Euro League U21 U19 U17 Euro U19 U17 Men's Women's
 Spain35119347143
 Germany[upper-alpha 1]326386735
 France2182518
 England2102115
 Russia[upper-alpha 2]12631114
 Italy15311213
 Portugal1146113
 Netherlands124119
 Sweden1135
 Czech Republic[upper-alpha 3]11114
 Serbia[upper-alpha 4]-134
 Bulgaria33
 Hungary33
 Poland1113
 Turkey123
 Austria22
 Denmark112
 Norway22
 Republic of Ireland112
 Belgium11
 Greece11
 Romania11
 Scotland11
 Ukraine11
  1. Including East Germany and West Germany.
  2. Including the Soviet Union.
  3. Including Czechoslovakia.
  4. Including Yugoslavia.

National team rankings

Highest Ranked UEFA member
in the men's FIFA World Rankings

  • Last updates:
    • Men's national teams – 24 October 2019[21]
    • Women's national teams – 12 July 2019[22]
Top men's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
Top women's national teams
Rankings are calculated by FIFA.
UEFAFIFANationPoints+/-UEFAFIFANationPoints+/-
1 1  Belgium 1755 1 2  Germany 2059
2 2  France 1726 2 3  Netherlands 2037 5
3 4  England 1651 3 4  France 2029
4 6  Portugal 1632 1 4 5  England 2027 2
5 7  Croatia 1631 1 5 6  Sweden 2021 3
6 8  Spain 1625 1 6 12  Norway 1917
7 12  Netherlands 1602 1 7 13  Spain 1899
8 13   Switzerland 1601 2 8 14  Italy 1891 1
9 14  Denmark 1599 9 15  Denmark 1839 2
10 15  Italy 1593 1 10 17  Iceland 1822 5
11 16  Germany 1586 1 11 18   Switzerland 1815
12 18  Sweden 1563 12 19  Belgium 1813 1
13 21  Poland 1544 1 13 21  Austria 1793 2
14 22  Ukraine 1536 3 14 22  Scotland 1791 2
15 24  Wales 1524 1 15 24  Ukraine 1708
16 25  Austria 1520 2 16 25  Russia 1704
17 29  Romania 1495 2 17 28  Czech Republic 1679 1
18 31  Slovakia 1493 2 18 29  Poland 1675 1
19 32  Turkey 1490 4 19 30  Portugal 1671
20 33  Serbia 1485 2 20 31  Finland 1668 1
21 34  Northern Ireland 1483 1 21 32  Wales 1667 1
22 36  Republic of Ireland 1480 8 22 33  Republic of Ireland 1666 2
23 37  Russia 1474 5 23 42  Romania 1548 1
24 40  Iceland 1460 1 24 43  Serbia 1546
25 43  Czech Republic 1454 1 25 45  Hungary 1525
26 45  Norway 1441 2 26 47  Slovakia 1500 1
27 48  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1435 2 27 51  Slovenia 1453 1
28 50  Hungary 1429 28 54  Belarus 1446 1
29 53  Scotland 1406 1 29 55  Croatia 1440 1
30 55  Finland 1395 1 30 59  Northern Ireland 1420
31 58  Greece 1388 2 31 62  Turkey 1412 1
32 61  Bulgaria 1371 1 32 64  Israel 1392 1
32 61  Montenegro 1371 2 33 65  Greece 1376 2
34 65  Albania 1367 1 34 67  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1371 1
34 65  Slovenia 1367 7 35 73  Kazakhstan 1349 1
36 68  North Macedonia 1344 1 36 77  Azerbaijan 1345
37 86  Belarus 1286 4 37 78  Albania 1326 1
38 89  Israel 1278 3 38 79  Bulgaria 1303 1
39 90  Georgia 1274 1 39 85  Faroe Islands 1272 2
40 93  Cyprus 1263 1 40 93  Latvia 1228
41 96  Luxembourg 1248 3 41 96  Moldova 1219 1
42 99  Armenia 1226 3 42 98  Montenegro 1217 1
43 104  Estonia 1209 2 43 99  Estonia 1212
44 110  Faroe Islands 1192 1 44 102  Malta 1192 1
44 111  Azerbaijan 1189 2 45 106  Lithuania 1172 1
46 114  Kosovo 1184 5 46 112  Georgia 1143
47 121  Kazakhstan 1157 5 47 113  Luxembourg 1134
48 132  Lithuania 1086 1 48 117  Cyprus 1123 2
49 136  Andorra 1080 3 49 126  Kosovo 1059 3
49 143  Latvia 1063 4 50 127  North Macedonia 1053 3
51 175  Moldova 963 3 51 156  Andorra 749 3
52 181  Liechtenstein 933 1
53 182  Malta 924 3
54 196  Gibraltar 882 1
55 209  San Marino 831 1
  • * – Inactive for more than 18 months and therefore not ranked.

National team in World Cups

Legend

  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  •  3rd  – Third place[wc 1]
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R16 – Round of 16 (since 1986: knockout round of 16)
  • R2 – Second round (for the 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages)
  • R1 – Group stage (in the 1950, 1974, 1978, and 1982 tournaments, which had two group stages, this refers to the first group stage)
  • 1S – First Knockout Stage (1934–1938 Single-elimination tournament)
  •    – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •     – Hosts

Men

Team 1930
(13)
1934
(16)
1938
(15)
1950
(13)
1954
(16)
1958
(16)
1962
(16)
1966
(16)
1970
(16)
1974
(16)
1978
(16)
1982
(24)
1986
(24)
1990
(24)
1994
(24)
1998
(32)
2002
(32)
2006
(32)
2010
(32)
2014
(32)
2018
(32)
 Austria ×4th×[wc 2]×3rdR1
15th
×R2
7th
R2
8th
R1
T-18th
R1
23rd
 Belgium R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
13th
×R1
12th
R1
T-10th
R2
10th
4thR16
11th
R16
11th
R1
19th
R16
14th
QF
6th
3rd
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of Yugoslavia×R1
20th
 Bulgaria ××R1
15th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
12th
R16
15th
4thR1
29th
 Croatia Part of Yugoslavia×3rdR1
23rd
R1
22nd
R1
19th
2nd
 Czech Republic[wc 3] ×2ndQF
5th
×R1
14th
R1
9th
2ndR1
15th
R1
19th
QF
6th
R1
20th
 Denmark ××××××R16
9th
QF
8th
R16
10th
R1
24th
R16
11th
 East Germany[wc 3] Part of Germany××R2
6th
Part of Germany
 England ×××R1
8th
QF
6th
R1
11th
QF
8th
1stQF
8th
R2
6th
QF
8th
4thR16
9th
QF
6th
QF
7th
R16
13th
R1
26th
4th
 France R1
7th
R1
T-9th
QF
6th
R1
11th
3rdR1
T-13th
R1
12th
4th3rd1stR1
28th
2ndR1
29th
QF
7th
1st
 Germany[wc 3] ×3rdR1
10th
×1st4thQF
7th
2nd3rd1stR2
6th
2nd2nd1stQF
5th
QF
7th
2nd3rd3rd1stR1
22nd
 Greece ××R1
24th
R1
25th
R16
13th
 Hungary ×QF
6th
2nd×2ndR1
10th
QF
5th
QF
6th
R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
18th
 Iceland ××××××××R1
28th
 Israel[wc 4] ×R1
12th
 Italy ×1st1stR1
7th
R1
10th
R1
9th
R1
9th
2ndR1
10th
4th1stR16
12th
3rd2ndQF
5th
R16
15th
1stR1
26th
R1
22nd
 Netherlands ×R1
T-9th
R1
14th
××2nd2ndR16
15th
QF
7th
4thR16
11th
2nd3rd
 Northern Ireland ×××QF
8th
R2
9th
R1
21st
 Norway ××R1
12th
×R1
17th
R16
15th
 Poland ×R1
11th
××3rdR2
5th
3rdR16
14th
R1
25th
R1
21st
R1
25th
 Portugal ×3rdR1
17th
R1
21st
4thR16
11th
R1
18th
R16
13th
 Republic of Ireland[wc 5] ×QF
8th
R16
16th
R16
12th
 Romania R1
8th
R1
12th
R1
9th
×R1
T-10th
R16
12th
QF
6th
R16
11th
 Russia[wc 6] ×××××QF
7th
QF
6th
4thQF
5th
R2
7th
R16
10th
R1
17th
R1
18th
R1
22nd
R1
24th
QF
8th
 Scotland ××ו•R1
15th
R1
14th
R1
9th
R1
11th
R1
15th
R1
19th
R1
T-18th
R1
27th
 Serbia[wc 3] 4th[wc 7]R1
5th
QF
7th
QF
5th
4thR2
7th
R1
16th
QF
5th
×R16
10th
R1
32nd
R1
23rd
R1
23rd
 Slovakia Part of CzechoslovakiaR16
16th
 Slovenia Part of Yugoslavia×R1
30th
R1
18th
 Spain ×QF
5th
×4thR1
12th
R1
10th
R1
10th
R2
12th
QF
7th
R16
10th
QF
8th
R1
17th
QF
5th
R16
9th
1stR1
23rd
R16
10th
 Sweden ×QF
8th
4th3rd2ndR1
9th
R2
5th
R1
13th
R1
21st
3rdR16
13th
R16
14th
QF
7th
  Switzerland ×QF
7th
QF
7th
R1
6th
QF
8th
R1
16th
R1
16th
R16
15th
R16
10th
R1
19th
R16
11th
R16
14th
 Turkey ××ו•R1
9th
×3rd
 Ukraine[wc 6] Part of Soviet Union×QF
8th
 Wales ×××QF
6th
Total41213612121010991014141413151514131314

Notes

  1. There was no Third Place match in 1930; The United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. FIFA recognizes the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.
  2. Austria qualified in 1938, but withdrew to play as part of Germany after being annexed.
  3. FIFA considers that the national team of Russia succeeds the USSR, the national team of Serbia succeeds Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro, the national team of Czech Republic succeeds Czechoslovakia, and the national team of Germany succeeds West Germany and East Germany.
  4. Israel competed as Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) in 1934 and in 1938, with a team consisting exclusively of Jewish and British footballers from the Palestine Mandate.
  5. Republic of Ireland competed as the Irish Free State in 1934 and then as Ireland in 1938 and 1950.
  6. Russia's best result is quarter-finals in 2018. However, FIFA considers Russia as the successor team of the USSR.
  7. There was no official World Cup Third Place match in 1930; The USA and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. Currently, FIFA recognizes USA as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

Women

Team
1991
(12)

1995
(12)

1999
(16)

2003
(16)

2007
(16)

2011
(16)

2015
(24)

2019
(24)
 Denmark QF
7th
QF
7th
R2
15th
R2
12th
 England QF
6th
QF
7th
QF
7th
3rd4th
 France R2
9th
4thQF
5th
QF
 Germany 4th2ndQF
8th
1st1stQF
6th
4thQF
 Italy QF
6th
R2
9th
QF
 Netherlands R2
13th
2nd
 Norway 2nd1st4thQF
7th
4thR2
10th
R2
10th
QF
 Russia ×QF
5th
QF
8th
 Scotland R1
 Spain R1
20th
R2
 Sweden 3rdQF
5th
QF
6th
2ndR2
10–11
3rdR2
16th
3rd
  Switzerland R2
15th

Sanctions

Against associations

  • Lithuania, in 1990 sanctions were imposed due to secession of Lithuanian Football Federation from the Football Federation of Soviet Union
  • FR Yugoslavia, in 1992–1998 sanctions were imposed due to the Bosnian War (as part of Yugoslav Wars)

Against clubs

  • Albania, in 1967 special sanctions were imposed against 1966–67 Albanian Superliga due to its political background
  • England, in 1985–1991 sanctions were imposed against English association football clubs due to the Heysel Stadium disaster by suspending their participation in continental competitions for five years
  • Italy, in 1974–1975 sanctions were imposed against SS Lazio due to its fans, Italy was restricted from the European Cup to which Lazio qualified
  • Netherlands, in 1991–1992 sanctions were imposed against AFC Ajax due to its fans, the Netherlands were restricted from the European Cup to which Ajax qualified

Corruption and controversy

Dissatisfied fans across Europe have referred to the organisation as UEFA mafia, including in Russia's top league,[23] in Bulgaria's top league,[24] and in a Champions League group stage match held in Sweden.[25] The term has also been covered for its use outside of stadiums, for example during a protest in Kosovo outside an EU building following the Serbia v Albania (UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying) match.[26]

Following the 2015 FIFA corruption case, the current president of UEFA, Michel Platini, was also involved himself in the case. Swiss prosecutors accuse FIFA president Sepp Blatter of making a "disloyal payment" of $2m (£1.6m) to Mr Platini. Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, stated: "We didn't interview Mr Platini as a witness, that's not true. We investigated against him in between as a witness and an accused person".[27][28] Both Platini and Sepp Blatter are currently under formal investigation by FIFA's independent ethics committee. On 8 October 2015, Platini was provisionally suspended for 90 days from any football-related activity.[29]

In 2019 UEFA's decision to host Europa League Cup final in Baku, Azerbaijan left one of the finalists, Arsenal, with a decision to withdraw their Armenian player Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the competition due to safety concerns.[30]

Executive Committee

Sponsors

UEFA Champions League

Note: The UEFA Champions League sponsors are also sponsors of the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Women's Champions League and the UEFA Youth League (excluding Heineken, which is replaced by EA Sports´s FIFA).

UEFA Europa League
UEFA national team competitions

See also

Resolutions

Financial fair play

UEFA coefficient

UEFA presidents

  • List of Presidents of UEFA

Notes

  1. pronounced [ynjɔ̃ dez‿asɔsjɑsjɔ̃ øʁɔpeɛn də futbol].
  2. pronounced [fɛɐ̯ˈʔaɪnɪɡʊŋ ɔʏʁoˈpɛːɪʃɐ ˈfuːsbalfɛɐ̯ˌbɛndə].

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