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Just Spee has been named the new President of the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB). Spee was appointed at a KNVB Assembly meeting this evening. He will take up his new position in December. Just Spee succeeds Michael van Praag, who will step down after serving his maximum term.
It won’t be easy to follow in Michael's footsteps and match his successes
"It won't be easy to follow in Michael's footsteps and match his successes," the new KNVB President told the KNVB Assembly. He described himself as someone who seeks to connect people and takes a broad view of the world of football. “First of all, I will take the strategic plan as my guideline,” he said.
“That plan has been prepared by you, so that’s what the Dutch footballer wants. I am also the federal president of all football players in Netherlands. I will therefore look for what binds us and what brings us forward and promote this in an appropriate manner. The KNVB and Dutch football are on the right track, but we cannot sit back. We must move forward and perhaps I can contribute to that. "
Serving as a member of the Supervisory Board of Eredivisie Media & Marketing, Just Spee was involved in the exploitation of the commercial rights of the Eredivisie clubs. He has international experience and, due to his work as the CEO of two major media companies (Endemol and Stage Entertainment), he has built up a large network in the world of media and entertainment.
Spee played football at the Royal HFC in Haarlem where he also served as administrator. Following an extensive recruitment and selection procedure, he emerged as the most suitable candidate out of 70 applicants, according to a selection committee set up by the KNVB Board. The committee’s recommendation was adopted by the board and tonight, Spee received the support of the assocation’s Assembly, its highest organ. The only other candidate in the final vote was Pieter de Waard, who was nominated by 12 KNVB representatives.