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Date of birth: 5 April 1972
FIFA Council member since: 2017
Sorokin started in football as a project leader for the 2008 UEFA Champions League final in Moscow, a highly-praised event, which led to his appointment as CEO of the Football Union of Russia (FUR) the same year. In 2009, Alexey Sorokin became the leader of Russia’s successful bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In January 2011, the Russian government and FUR established the local organising committee for the 2018 tournament, and Sorokin was appointed CEO. He then guided his nation through preparation and delivery of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that was hosted in 11 Russian cities. Later that year, Sorokin was appointed as CEO of the local organising structure for UEFA EURO 2020 in St Petersburg. Since December 2018, he has also held the position of deputy chairman of VEB.RF – Russia’s major development institution.
A graduate of the Moscow State Linguistic University and Diplomatic Academy, Alexey Sorokin is fluent in English and French. He became a European member of the FIFA Council when he was elected at the Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Geneva in September 2017.