Villar eyes UEFA presidency

Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has officially thrown his hat in the ring to become the next UEFA president.

Villar has long been touted as a potential successor to Michel Platini as chief of European football’s governing body and the 66-year-old has now confirmed he will be putting himself forward for election.

Candidates had to declare their hands by July 20, with the final vote to elect the next UEFA president taking place on September 14 in Athens.

A statement on the official website of the Spanish FA (RFEF) read: “The Spanish Football Federation president, Angel Maria Villar, has made official his candidature for the upcoming elections for the presidency of UEFA.”

Bilbao-born Villar, a former Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder, became RFEF president in 1988 and became a FIFA Executive member in 1998. He has been a UEFA vice-president since 2000.

Platini is currently serving a four-year ban from all football-related activity, imposed by FIFA.

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