Gianni Infantino

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His Excellency
Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino (cropped).jpg
9th President of FIFA
Assumed office
26 February 2016
Vice President Issa Hayatou
(Senior Vice-President)
Preceded by Issa Hayatou (acting)
Personal details
Born Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino
(1970-03-23) 23 March 1970 (age 46)
Brig, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss and Italian
Occupation Sports administrator

Giovanni Vincenzo "Gianni" Infantino (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒovanni vintʃentso iɱfanˈtiːno]; born 23 March 1970) is a football administrator and current FIFA president. He holds dual nationality, Swiss and Italian.[1][2] He has been the general secretary of UEFA since 2009 and was elected president of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gianni Infantino was born on 23 March 1970[1] in Brig, Switzerland.[3] He is of Italian origin from Calabria and Lombardy.[4] He studied law at the University of Fribourg.[5] He is fluent in Italian, French and German and also knows English, Spanish, and Arabic.[3]

Career[edit]

Infantino worked as the Secretary General of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel.[1]

UEFA[edit]

Gianni Infantino started working with UEFA in August 2000 and was appointed as the Director of UEFA's Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004. He became Deputy General Secretary of UEFA in 2007 and Secretary General of UEFA in October 2009.[1][6] During his time there, UEFA introduced Financial Fair Play and improved commercial support to smaller national associations.[6] He oversaw the expansion of UEFA Euro 2016 to 24 teams[7] and played a role in the conception of the UEFA Nations League and the UEFA Euro 2020 that will take place in 13 European nations.[8]

In 2015, the Greek government decided to introduce a new sports law in response to the recent scandal and acts of violence and corruption mainly in Greek football. Gianni Infantino, as UEFA's general secretary, led the negotiations with the Greek government and supported the Hellenic Football Federation's warning to Greece that it faces suspension from international football for government interference.[9][10]

FIFA[edit]

Infantino was a member of FIFA's Reform Committee.[11] On 26 October 2015, he received the backing of the UEFA Executive Committee to stand for the position of president in the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress. On the same day, he confirmed his candidacy and submitted the required declarations of support.[12] He promised to expand the FIFA World Cup to 40 teams.[13] On 26 February 2016, he was elected FIFA President for a period of 3 years.[2]

Panama Papers[edit]

See also: Panama Papers

Infantino was implicated in the FIFA corruption scandal in documents released in the Panama Papers. They show UEFA undertook deals with indicted figures where previously they had denied any relationship.[14] Infantino has stated he is "dismayed" at the reports and that he has never personally dealt with the parties involved.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Infantino is married to Lebanese Leena Al Ashqar; the couple have four children.[3] He is a fan of Italian Serie A club Inter Milan.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Gianni Infantino". UEFA.com. 8 January 2010. Archived from the original on 16 January 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Gianni Infantino elected FIFA President". FIFA.com. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "The President - Gianni Infantino". FIFA. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Infantino, l'avvocato di origini calabresi che tifava Inter" (in Italian). sportmediaset.it. 26 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Everything you need to know about Gianni Infantino, the new Fifa president". The Guardian. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "UEFA Executive Committee supports UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino for FIFA presidency". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Borden, Sam (2016-02-24). "In FIFA Pitch, Gianni Infantino Pushes Expansion and Continuity". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Thirteen cities to host UEFA EURO 2020". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "UEFA & FIFA warn Greece over government's planned new football laws |thetoc.gr". The TOC In English. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Nicholson, Paul. "Exclusive: Infantino fires second warning shot to Greece over football law proposal - Inside World Football". www.insideworldfootball.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "FIFA Committees - 2016 FIFA Reform Committee - FIFA.com". FIFA.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Statement from UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino". UEFA.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Associated Press (2015-11-10). "Gianni Infantino to expand World Cup to 40 teams if elected Fifa president". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Owen Gibson. "Panama Papers: Fifa president Gianni Infantino pulled into corruption scandal". the Guardian. 
  15. ^ "Statement from FIFA President Gianni Infantino". FIFA.com. 5 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Infantino presidente Fifa: ecco l'ex re dei sorteggi che amava Altobelli" [Infantino FIFA president: here is the ex-king of draws who loved Altobelli]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Retrieved 27 February 2016. 

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Preceded by
Lars-Christer Olsson
UEFA Chief Executive
2007
Succeeded by
David Taylor
Preceded by
David Taylor
UEFA General Secretary
2009–2016
Succeeded by
Theodore Theodoridis (ad interim)
Preceded by
Issa Hayatou (Acting)
FIFA President
2016–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent