Date of Birth: 28 September 1947
Executive Committee member since: 2009
Current UEFA roles
Executive Committee (member)
Club Competitions Committee (chairman)
HatTrick Committee (deputy chairman)
• 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."
Previous UEFA roles
Stadium and Security Committee (chairman) 2004-2007, (first vice-chairman) 2007-2009, (deputy chairman) 2009-2011
Ticketing working group (member) 2002-2006
Club Competitions Committee (member) 2000-2002
Task Force European Club Football (member) 1998-2000
Club Advisory Board (vice-chairman) 1998-2000
Task Force European Club Football 2000 (member) 1998-2000
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