"It is an honor for me to still hold the office of President and I want to thank my fellow Council members for allowing me to continue this journey." Today, Andrea Agnelli was confirmed as the president of the ECA for a four-year period from 2019 to 2023, during the 23rd general assembly of the European Club Association. The event took place in Geneva on September 9 and 10 with 169 representatives of as many European clubs. In addition to the appointment of the President, the Executive Board was also elected, whose presence has increased from 15 to 24 members, discussing the future of European competition after 2024:
"After the General Assembly of Malta (held last June), I was very confident - stressed Agnelli - after two days at the assembly. We committed ourselves to collaborate with all the clubs, always keeping in mind that our duty is to protect football in all European countries. There are no vested interests, there is only the interest of football, and the main interest of football is unity: I am sure that we will pursue it under the leadership of President Ceferin and UEFA which is the only body that will propose and approve the competitions, and we are confident that it will not take long to formalise an agreement and a shared plan".
"The last few months have seen the ECA engage in a detailed and in-depth consultation process - continued Agnelli - which has allowed all its members to share their ideas and opinions on how the reform of European competitions should be developed. Overall feedback clearly indicates that more international matches are essential for the development of football as a whole. Now we are entering a second phase of consultations, which will lead to developing a more concrete vision on the part of UEFA regarding the future of European competitions".