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Manchester City chief confirms exit for Al-Hilal in 2024



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Saudi Pro League giants Al-Hilal have confirmed the recruitment of City Football Group’s Chief Commercial Officer to become their new CEO from next year.

Esteve Calzada has worked in his position within the City Football Group and Manchester City for just over four years, but will be leaving the global football brand in 2024 to take up a new position in the middle-east.

Calzada’s previous positions in football have included his role as Chairman of CE Sabadell FC, as well as his role as Chief Marketing and Commerical Officer at La Liga giants FC Barcelona, prior to his switch to Manchester City and CFG in 2019.

An official statement from Al-Hilal read on Wednesday, “Under the leadership of Mr. Fahad Bin Saad Bin Nafel, the board of directors at Al-Hilal Club have made the decision to appoint the Spaniard Esteve Calzada to be their new CEO starting from January 2024, taking over from Mr. Abdullah Al-Jarboua.

“With a range of senior positions of experience at top European clubs – such as Manchester City and FC Barcelona – and recognised as one of the most renowned sports marketers, Mr. Calzada has been welcomed to the role by the Board and the team looks forward to working together for the benefit of Al-Hilal, their goals and successes.

The statement continued, “Mr. Calzada has accumulated more than two decades of experience as a senior executive in the sports sector, beginning his tenure in 2002 where he served as Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer of FC Barcelona and most recently serving as Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer at City Football Group since 2019. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an MBA from ESADE Business School.

“The decision to appoint M. Calzada has also been accompanied with gratitude to Mr. Al-Jarboua for his accomplishments in his long role at Al-Hilal as a player, administrator, board member and CEO. His experience and skill has been acknowledged as a large contribution to the success of the Club, and the Board extend their greatest wishes to him as he continues his career.”

Details regarding replacement options at Manchester City and the City Football Group remain unknown, however there is every possibility that the CFG could recruit from within as they look to replace Esteve Calzada in the coming months.