Full name: Giovanni Vincenzo Infantino
Place of birth: Brig, Switzerland
Date of Birth: 23 March 1970
Marital status: Married to Lina Al Achkar Infantino, 4 children (Alessia, Sabrina, Shanïa Serena and Dhalia Nora)
Education: University of Fribourg
Mother tongue: Italian/French/(Swiss-)German
Other languages: English/Spanish/Portuguese/Arabic
Before being elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino was the UEFA General Secretary since October 2009, having joined the organisation in 2000. He led a team of over 400 staff which has helped further strengthen both national team and club football in Europe and UEFA’s role as a respected and credible international governing body.
At the helm of UEFA’s administration and together with the Executive Committee, he has intensified UEFA’s work to provide a democratic and sustainable environment for European football. This has been achieved through initiatives such as Financial Fair Play, improved commercial support and an increased role in the decision-making process for Member Associations of all sizes, and the development of UEFA’s competitions at every level of the game – including the exponential growth of the UEFA Champions League and the expansion of the UEFA European Football Championships.
Gianni led the fight against social ills and threats to the integrity of football in Europe, including all forms of racism and discrimination, violence and hooliganism, and match-fixing.
• Joined UEFA in August 2000
• Appointed Director of UEFA’s Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004 – led UEFA’s work in fostering close contacts with the European Union, the Council of Europe and governmental authorities
• Promoted to Deputy General Secretary before becoming General Secretary in 2009
• Appointed to the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee in August 2015
• Worked as Secretary General of the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel prior to joining UEFA, having previously been an adviser to a variety of football bodies, in Italy, Spain and Switzerland