October 12 – Portuguese legend Luis Figo, who ran for FIFA president two years ago before pulling out of the race with a stinging attack on the electoral process, has joined UEFA as a football advisor.
Figo, who starred for both Real Madrid and Barcelona during an illustrious 20-year playing career at both club at country level, will work with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin across a variety of technical and legal matters.
“I believe I can have a positive influence in passing on my knowledge,” said Figo. “I have learned so much from football that I am now really looking forward to giving something back.”
Figo’s appointment is part of Ceferin’s plan to get more former players involved in the decision-making process.
“Luis Figo was a fantastic player who was exemplary in the way he conducted himself both on and off the pitch,” said Ceferin.
“He is a highly respected figure within the game and I am very pleased he is joining our team. His tremendous football experience will be a very valuable asset to UEFA.”
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