Chairman of Ekstraklasa SA, Marcin Animucki, has been elected as a member of European Leagues Board of Directors– an organization which brings together football leagues across Europe. As a result, Ekstraklasa will have a realistic impact on the future shape of football in Europe.
The decision was made during the General Assembly of European Leagues in Edinburgh, where the Association’s Congress was held. Marcin Animucki was unanimously chosen by the members of the board, and made his way into the 12-member Board, which contains representatives of Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Premier League, or La Liga.
- Being chosen into the European Leagues Board of Directors, confirms that Ekstraklasa’s operations are viewed positively in Europe, also by top leagues. Thanks to many innovative projects, which we realize jointly with clubs – such as fitness statistics, eSport events or the new Ekstraklasa App – we’re viewed as a dynamic league, which introduces many innovations. We’ve repeatedly proven that we want to, and do share the knowledge and experience, and that’s why we’re considered as a valuable member who can actively work to develop football in Europe. This is an enormous honor for me, but also for our whole league and all of the clubs – Marcin Animucki said.
Marcin Animucki is now the only member from the Central-East Europe. His election is an honor for polish football in the international arena. Since April of 2017, chariman of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, is a member of the UEFA Executive Committee. On the other hand, in April of 2017 Dariusz Mioduski, chairman of Legia Warsaw, became the Vice President of ECA – the biggest organization which unites professional clubs in Europe.
During the General Assembly, European Professional Football Leagues – EPFL - has changed its’ name to European Leagues. Members of the board come from over 30 different leagues from the whole continent. The main goal of European Leagues is the support and maintenance of the competitive balance in all of the European football leagues. The organization ensures the partnership between leagues in Europe and acts as one voice in the relations with such organizations as FIFA, UEFA, and the European Union.
Since February 2018, the Chairman of European Leagues, Lars-Christer Olsson, is the permanent member of the UEFA Executive Committee, the most important organization deciding on the shape of European football. As a result, the European Leagues organization is the outright member in the structure of UEFA, and has an official vote in key matters.