Michael van Praag
President of the Dutch FA adn UEFA vice-president and ex-co member
President of the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) and UEFA Vice President and executive committee member.
Michael van Praag had the honour of being chairman of AFC Ajax for thirteen years. For three of these years, he was also a member of the KNVB Professional Football Board. Under his chairmanship, Ajax won several major trophies at home and abroad, but the highlight of his career at Ajax was winning the Champions League in 1995.
On August 27, 2008, Michael van Praag was elected president of the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), succeeding Jeu Sprengers who died earlier that year.
From 1998 until the present day, Michael van Praag has been active within UEFA. In the years around the turn of the millennium, he was a member of the Taskforce 2000. At the beginning of the zeros, he was a member of the Club Competitions Committee for two years and he later chaired the Stadium & Security Committee, which meant he was often a match delegate during this three-year period.
Since being elected onto the UEFA Executive Committee in 2009, he has also acted as chairman of the Club Competitions Committee and vice-chairman of the HatTrick Committee. In January 2013, he joined the TEAM Marketing board on behalf of UEFA. In addition, he represents UEFA in Brussels as chairman of the European Task Force.
Michael Van Praag lives with his wife and daughter in the Dutch town of Aerdenhout. In his free time, he plays piano, drums, vibraphone and tuba.