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Date of Birth: 6 May 1957
Executive Committee member since: 2017
Current UEFA roles
UEFA Executive Committee (first vice-president)
HatTrick Committee (chairman)
Professional Football Strategy Council (EXCO representative)
• Karl-Erik Nilsson was a teacher in Kalmar schools before going into politics. He served as mayor of his home town, Emmaboda, from 1995 until 2006, when he left active politics. His first post in football administration was at local club Lindås BK. In the 1980s, Nilsson started out as a referee, and went on to officiate in the UEFA Champions League and at UEFA EURO 2000.
• Nilsson was elected SvFF president in March 2012. Before that, he was a member of the SvFF board, as well as president of the Bohuslan regional associaton. He was tournament director at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and had several other UEFA assignments, working as a referee observer and mentor for younger officials.
• Nilsson enjoys playing the piano and taking his boat out to the Bohuslan archipelago on Sweden's west coast. He stresses the symbiosis between elite and grassroots football: "We need successful elite football because that is what generates interest. But the elite also needs thriving grassroots all over the country in order for talent to develop." Nilsson was re-elected for a new term as president in March 2017. The following month, he was elected to the UEFA Executive Committee at the Helsinki Congress, and became first UEFA vice-president.
Previous UEFA roles
HatTrick Committee (fourth vice-chairman) 2015-2017
National Associations Committee (third vice-chairman) 2011-2015