SD Europe Board

SD Europe works on the principle of consensus and adheres to the ‘one member one vote’ structure. Each year, at the SD Europe AGM, a new board, with a maximum of five representatives from across the network, is proposed to members.

Sofia Bohlin, Chair

Sofia is the Chair of the Swedish national supporters organisation, Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen. SFSU is an umbrella organisation, uniting Swedish supporter clubs and ultras through campaigns and projects such as “Save 50+1”, “Minimum standard for Swedish away sections” and the development of dialogue and cooperation with the Swedish League, FA and police. Sofia has been part of the SFSU board for five years and is also involved in her local supporter club, Supporterklubben Änglarna, connected to IFK Göteborg.

Sofia recently finished her Masters in Business development and international marketing with specialised research in Sharing Economy, and is looking to continue her career in these fields. Sofia was an active participant in SD Europe’s Clubs And Supporters For Better Governance In Football project on behalf of SFSU. She will also lead SFSU’s involvement in LIAISE, an Erasmus+ project that focuses on the development of the SLO role across Europe.

Diego Riva

Diego is an Italian qualified lawyer since 2000 and graduated with honors at the Catholic University of Milan in 1997 with a dissertation on “Tax evasion, tax elusion: criminal aspects”. Diego’s practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, EU and international business law and has extensive experience in corporate governance matters for listed and private companies.

On sport matters, Diego focuses on collective sports, in particular football and advises fans organisations, clubs, and institutions on governance issues and financial stability. Diego has been a counsel to SD Europe since 2004 and is chairman of Supporters in Campo (the Italian member of SD Europe) since its incorporation on 2014.

Daphne Goldshmidt

Daphne is the former Chair of 100% member-run and owned Hapoel Jerusalem FC. Daphne played an instrumental role in the club’s journey beginning as a breakaway club in the lowest league in Israel in 2007, to reclaiming the ‘Hapoel Jerusalem FC’ name for the club in 2020 and achieving promotion to the Israeli first division in 2021.  Daphne also played a vital role in the many social initiatives ran by the football club in the city of Jerusalem to unite communities through football.

Lasse Bauer

Lasse Bauer is the Chairman of Fanafdelingen i Brøndbyernes IF (The Fan Department at Brøndby IF) since 2019 and before that the leading SLO at the club from 2014 to 2019. The Fan Department was founded in 2019 to combine the work of the Brøndby Supporters Trust and other fan groups after the fans secured a statute spot on the Board in the Professional department (the only one in the Danish Superligaen).

Lasse has a master in Politics & Administration and works in a government agency as a Consultant.

Ulises Illan Frutos

Ulises has been a director of CAP Ciudad de Murcia since 2010 and has led the club foundation since 2017. His work within the club includes developing democratic and transparent governance, social and community values, women’s football, and football programs for people with disabilities and immigrants.

Ulises participated in SD Europe’s ‘Clubs & Supporters For Better Governance In Football’ project through his club and ‘Strengthening & Widening Fútbol Popular’ with FASFE. In 2020, he organised the “Play Football Together” project focusing on fostering social inclusion through sport. This project gathers people at risk of social exclusion and refugees to compete in a regional league and experience inclusion and community.

His support and guidance will help SD Europe improve its support and connection to the membership and develop more relevant projects for the future. As a highly regarded individual and network member in Spain, he will also contribute to increasing the impact of the three European projects (Fans Matter!, Kick off!, More than a game!).