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Central Asian oligarch eyes seat on UEFA executive committee

MOSCOW (AP) From the depths of Central Asia, Kazakh oligarch Kairat Boranbayev is targeting one of the tops jobs in European soccer.

Boranbayev is based in Almaty, five time zones and 5,400 kilometers (3,350 miles) east of UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. But the politically connected businessman comes with a raft of celebrity acquaintances, citing soccer greats Luis Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Clarence Seedorf as character references as he runs for a seat on the UEFA executive committee.

UEFA is in flux under President Aleksander Ceferin, with only three of the existing executive committee members running again among 13 candidates for eight seats at the governing body's congress on April 5.