SD Europe is pleased to announce to its members, the wider network and European football community that Sofia Bohlin has been appointed as the new Chair of the organisation.
Sofia will be familiar to many within the SD Europe membership having taken an active role in the European network and a number of SD Europe’s projects since joining the organisation’s board in 2016.
Sofia, an IFK Göteborg supporter, has served as the Chair of the Swedish national supporters organisation Svenska Fotbollssupportersunionen (SFSU) since 2015. During that time, she has been involved with and instigated several projects and cooperations with the Swedish leagues and Swedish FA, in addition to creating change with her fellow supporters at her football club.
Last year, in recognition of her work advocating for supporters, Sofia was named in the 100 most influential women in Sweden at number 35 by Expressen. Complementing her experience at SFSU, Sofia works as a Marketing Coordinator for Swedish technology company Cybercom.
Speaking on her appointment as Chair, Sofia added ‘It’s a genuine honour to take on this position as the Chair of SD Europe. I see throughout the network so much good work being done to further supporters’ priorities for a better football. Following the super league attempt and other seismic changes at the European level, our position as supporters needs to be strengthened and protected, I look forward to further contributing to this as Chair for supporters across Europe”.
Sofia succeeds Diego Riva who had served as Chair since 2016, and will remain on the board as a director. Diego is an Italian qualified lawyer since 2000 focusing on EU and international business law and has extensive experience in corporate governance matters. Diego has been a counsel to SD Europe since 2004 and is chairman of Supporters in Campo since 2014.
On Sofia’s appointment as Chair, Diego offered “Sofia is a consummate professional who has dedicated immeasurable time to furthering the cause of supporters and has a proven track record in leading an organisation as Chair with SFSU. Her experience will be invaluable to SD Europe and I look forward to supporting her as a director”.
The composition of the SD Europe board now stands as Sofia Bohlin as Chair (SFSU, Sweden) and Diego Riva (Supporters In Campo, Italy), Daphne Goldschmidt (Hapoel Jerusalem FC, Israel), Ulises Illan Frutos (CAP Ciudad de Murcia, Spain) and Lasse Bauer (Brøndby Fan Afdeling, Denmark) as ordinary board members.
SD Europe warmly welcomes Sofia into her new position, and thanks Diego unreservedly for his commitment during his tenure as Chair.