Marchetti joins UEFA

UEFA has appointed Giorgio Marchetti as its professional football and marketing director.

Georgio Marchetti, the general secretary of the Italian Football League (Lega Calcio), has been appointed as UEFA's new director of professional football and marketing.

February start
Marchetti, who is 43, will join UEFA on 1 February next year. He replaces Lars-Christer Olsson, who will become UEFA's new Chief Executive on 1 January in succession to Gerhard Aigner, who is retiring after 34 years with European football's governing body.

Vast experience
Marchetti has been general secretary of the Italian league since 1997, having served as deputy secretary from 1990, and is currently a member of UEFA's Professional Football Committee and co-ordinator of the European Union Premier Professional Football Leagues. In these roles, he has been heavily involved in several important European football matters such as transfer regulations and competition formats. He is married with three sons and lives in Milan.

Great deal to offer
"I am delighted that Giorgio Marchetti will be joining the senior management team of UEFA," said Olsson. "He has long and extensive experience of Italian and European football on both the administrative and commercial fronts, and he has a great deal to offer our work in professional football."

Exciting role
"I am looking forward to joining UEFA in this exciting and challenging role," said Marchetti. "UEFA has built a great team in recent years and I am honoured to become a part of that team for the future."