Michele Centenaro

Former General Secretary, UEFA

Michele Centenaro is an enthusiast of the world of sport, passionate of its sporting values, highly supportive of its socio-cultural function and, as well, knowledgeable of its entrepreneurial and political dynamics. As semi-professional footballer in Italy first, he has lived in depth the real passion for the game and the so-called “locker-room spirit”. Thereafter, he served football throughout a 30-year executive career at top-level functions both in the sports business as well as within the international sports policy makers. Michele has presided on UEFA, FIFA and EU Committees, and as the former General Secretary of the European Club Association (ECA), he has been closely involved in many of the key developments in European and World football competitions. Michele recently joined City Football Leadership Institute as a member of the Advisory Board.