Financial Sustainability and Research Director, UEFA
In charge of the development of the UEFA Club Licensing system in 2001, he led the implementation of this important project across all 55 member associations. Today club licensing is in force in 55 national associations and more than 1500 clubs are now subject to club licensing on an annual basis.
Club licensing promoted financial and legal transparency, enhanced standards in the football administrative practice and promoted principles of good governance as widely recognized by stakeholders and European institutions. Its success in Europe led FIFA to launch its implementation on a global scale by the end of 2016.
In 2008, he led the development of the financial fair play rules that are aimed at encouraging clubs to responsible spending while promoting investments in the education of youths and infrastructure and at protecting the sustainability of European club football in the long run. Following the implementation of these regulations, European club losses decreased significantly to achieve a break-even position, down from €1.7bn just a few years ago.
In 2019 he was appointed as Financial Sustainability & Research Director. Among his new responsibilities, he led the creation of an intelligence centre, the development of the recently approved corporate strategy 2019-2024 and the set-up of a new Innovation unit.
In addition to his role at UEFA, Andrea has lectured on various Sports Masters programmes.