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Michael van Praag

Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 14.12CET
Michael van Praag
KNVB president Michael van Praag ©UEFA
Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 14.12CET

Michael van Praag

Nationality: Dutch
Date of Birth: 28 September 1947
Association president since: 2008

• Michael van Praag's father Jaap was AFC Ajax president from 1964 to 1978, during which time the club won three successive European Champion Clubs' Cups. He followed in his father's footsteps, serving as club president from 1989 to 1993, with Ajax winning a UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League under his leadership.

• An amateur player and referee, Van Praag is also a keen musician – perhaps no surprise given that his uncle Max was a famous singer in the Netherlands – playing drums, piano, vibraphone and tuba, and playing in the Dutch national team's Teletoeters band. In addition, he set up a chain of tax-free audiovisual concessions at airports.

• Succeeding the late Mathieu Sprengers as Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) president in 2008, the married father of one said of his time at Ajax: "I am proud of winning the Champions League in 1995. My most beautiful moment was flying over Amsterdam with the team and the pilot doing a special manoeuvre to salute the crowd in red-and-white on the ground." He was re-elected as KNVB president for a further three years in December 2013.

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