Esteve Calzada named as new CEO of AL HILAL

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Esteve Calzada of City’s commercial and marketing department, will take up his new position in Saudi Arabia in January 2024.

City Career

Calzada’s efforts at City helped the Premier League winners announce record-breaking income for the 2022–2023 season of £712 million ($887 million), up £99.8 million ($124 million) from the previous year.

In addition, the Spaniard had a significant influence at Barcelona. Where he served as Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer from 2002 to 2007 and was a key player. In the huge commercial and economic boom at the Liga giants.

The most successful team in the Saudi Pro League, Al-Hilal therefore has created headlines worldwide. By acquiring some of the greatest names in European football, including Neymar, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ruben Neves, and top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic. Calzada’s appointment is a huge coup for the team.

Al Hilal Improvement

In fact, it is the most recent declaration of purpose from Saudi Arabian football. Which has flourished rapidly in recent years and features superstar players like Sadio Mane, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo in its top division in addition to Al-Hilal’s players.

Saudi Arabia won praise for its outstanding performance at the 2022 World Cup. Where they unexpectedly defeated Argentina in the group stages. This will go down in history as one of the biggest upsets, and both players and fans will remember it for years to come.

Positive developments have also been noticed in the women’s game. In 2019, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) established a Women’s Football Department. Providing a platform for girls and women to follow their football goals that were previously unattainable.

Esteve Calzada Appointed

With interest in the area understandably at an all-time high. Saudi Arabia is also poised to secure the rights to host the 2034 World Cup. Which will take place alongside the women’s competition the following year.

“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,” stated an official statement from Al-Hilal announcing Calzada’s appointment.

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