FIFPro, the international soccer players’ union, has elected Spain’s David Aganzo as its new president.
He replaces Frenchman Philippe Piat whose latest term expired this year having led the organisation in two consecutive four-year stints.
Piat also held the role from 2005 to 2007, and FIFPro has named him as an honorary president.
Aganzo, who serves as president of the AFE, the Spanish footballers’ union, has been a FIFPro member since 2018. He will combine his roles with the respective bodies.
FIFPro, made up of 70 players’ unions from around the world, had proposed the Spanish executive to succeed Piat and officially made the announcement at its congress in Paris yesterday.
As well as electing Aganzo, the FIFPro congress ratified a new 18-person board for the players’ union.
FIFPro said the board is “the most diverse” in its 56-year.
Among the seven members elected to the global board for the first time are Kathryn Gill, a former Australian national team player, Khadija Timera, a Senegalese lawyer, Karin Sendel, the Israeli national team captain, and Mila Hristova, the vice-president of the Bulgarian player union.
The number of affiliated national player unions also increased to 66 as Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were introduced as members.
Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, FIFPro general secretary, said: “We are excited to embark on this new phase in FIFPro history with the most diverse and globally representative board we have ever had.
“We strongly believe this will result in even more effective and inclusive governance as we provide the best possible representation to professional footballers around the world.”
“I would like to thank Philippe for his hard work, dedication and achievements over the years. We are sure David Aganzo will follow in his footsteps with the same passion.”