A deluxe team to improve football

Juan Mata is one of the members of the UEFA Football Board, which has held its first meeting. Along with him, and under the direction of Zvonimir Boban, this advisory body includes Mourinho, Ancelotti, Zidane, Maldini, Figo, Ferdinand, Laudrup, Benítez or Čech.

This Monday began the activity of the UEFA Football Board. The Nyon headquarters hosted the inaugural meeting of this prestigious advisory body, of which Juan Mata is a member. The Spanish player is the only one in the group still a professional footballer.

After its approval by the Executive Committee -meeting in Lisbon at the beginning of April- this council will advise institutionally and independently on fundamental aspects for the correct development of football. In the first meeting, issues related to refereeing and VAR, the competition and some medical aspects were discussed. Chaired by UEFA’s technical director and head of football, Zvonimir Boban. Joining him were Giorgio Marchetti (UEFA assistant secretary general and director of football) and Roberto Rosetti (chairman of the UEFA Referees Committee).

A legendary squad

José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Zinédine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Capello, Javier Zanetti, Luís Figo, Philipp Lahm, Ronald Koeman, Gareth Southgate, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Laudrup, Rafael Benítez, Roberto Martínez, Predrag Mijatović, Jürgen Klinsmann, Rudi Völler, Petr Čech, Juan Mata, Robbie Keane, Patrick Vieira, Henrik Larsson, Éric Abidal and Gareth Bale. With these 24 names, legendary teams could be formed that, in addition, would be assured of wise management from the bench. They are members of the UEFA Football Board, selected on the basis of their sporting successes, international reputation and experience in international football.

“UEFA is delighted to see the same people who have shaped the history of the game, with their talent and philosophy for decades, come together again around our common goal: to protect the game and its core values,” said Aleksander Čeferin, president of UEFA. The meetings of this consultative body will be an annual appointment, although the members will see each other when necessary.

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