Fifa executive Boban leaving for former club Milan
Zvonomir Boban is stepping down as deputy secretary general of Fifa, soccer's international governing body, in order to take up a new role at Italian club AC Milan, it was announced today.
The 50-year-old Boban (pictured), a former Croatian international, played for the Serie A outfit from 1992 to 2001, and now becomes its chief football officer.
He was brought in by Fifa president Gianni Infantino as deputy secretary general (football) of the federation three years ago, and has served as an adviser to the Swiss official, while overseeing projects such as the revamp of the Fifa Club World Cup, the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup and the introduction of the video assistant referee system at international competitions.
This has made him one of very few former players to have ascended to a senior role at Fifa.
In his new position at Milan, Boban will be responsible for the co-ordination and oversight of the club’s sporting area activities, working closely with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and the new technical director and another former Rossoneri star, Paolo Maldini.
Boban won four Serie A titles and one Uefa Champions League crown during his playing spell at the club.
In addition, he earned 58 international caps, seven for the former Yugoslavia and 51 for Croatia, in the process serving as captain of the Croatian team that finished third at the 1998 World Cup.
In a statement on Friday, Boban said: “I will always be grateful to Fifa president Gianni Infantino for the opportunity he gave me after his election in 2016. True to his manifesto pledge to ‘bring football back to Fifa and Fifa back to football’, he had the courage to entrust a former footballer with such a far‑reaching role within the organisation.
“I feel really honoured and privileged to have worked on such important projects to take Fifa back to its rightful place, far away from past scandals and a tarnished image. Looking back, I feel a real sense of accomplishment about my contribution to these big changes over the last three years.”
Boban will leave Fifa in the coming days, following this weekend’s Under-20 World Cup final, between Ukraine and South Korea, in Poland, but the federation has yet to announce the process for the appointment of a successor.