Umberto Calcagno has been named President of the AIC (Italian Footballers’ Association) replacing former Italian footballer Damiano Tommasi.
Announced during the General Assembly on 30 November, Calcagno is joined by Vice President Sara Gama, the first female Vice President of the Italian Footballers’ Association, who shares the role with Davide Biondini. Giannantonio Grazioli has also been named General Manager, as Sergio Campana is Honorary President.
Promoted after being Vice President for nine years under Tommasi’s reign, Calcagno commented saying, “This is the crowning of a dream”.
“After having been a football and having lived many years in the Association, this is the crowning of a dream,”
Calcagno began his playing career in 1989 and featured in the Sampdoria squad who won Serie A during the 1990/91 season. After many brief spells at Italian teams, Calcagno’s career came to an end in 2005.
Sara Gama also made history being the first female Vice President of the AIC.
Current captain of Juventus and the Italian National team, Gama continues to break down barriers in Italian sport culture. Gama gained votes from recognisable figures within Italian football such as, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Leonardo Bonucci. Being a driving force for female players in Italy.
The elected new board of directors will remain in office for the following four years (2020/2024).
The new board of director includes: Francesco Acerbi, Federico Agliardi, Carlo Alessandri, Emil Audero, Giacomo Bindi, Davide Biondini, Leonardo Bonucci, Umberto Calcagno, Michele Cavion, Daniel Ciofani, Angelo D'Angelo, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Felice Evacuo, Sara Gama, Elia Legati, Rolando Mandragora, Federico Marchetti, Alice Parisi, Marco Parolo, Marco Piccinni, Fabio Pisacane, Alberto Pomini, Andrea Ranocchia and Sergio Romano.
Author: James Parker