VALCKE Jérôme - France
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Frenchman Jérôme Valcke was appointed as Secretary General by the FIFA Executive Committee on 27 June 2007. Valcke joined FIFA in the summer of 2003 as the director of Marketing & TV. Before that, he had worked for Canal+ (1984 - 1997), Sport+ (1997 - 2002) and Sportfive (2002 - 2003).

Nationality: France
Date of Birth: 06.10.60
Mother tongue: French
Other languages: English, German, Spanish
Place of Residence: Wollerau

Occupation
FIFA Secretary General

Professional Career
Jérôme Valcke has enjoyed a brilliant career with several different companies. He began working for Canal + as a journalist in 1984 and became assistant director of its Sports Service in 1991. Canal + then put him in charge of its brand new Sport + channel in 1997, and he held that post until 2002, when Sport + became part of the merger that produced Sportfive. He worked as Chief Operating Officer at the new entity for a year, before joining FIFA as Director of Marketing & TV in June 2003.

Hobbies
Reading, music, cinema, and nature, either through playing sport or through its contemplation.

What does football mean to you?
Passion and emotion for the game, although football today is more than a game. It's an incredible and unique platform for reaching the largest number of people, and for developing education and health programs throughout the world.

Which football club did you support as a child?
We moved around a lot so I could never choose, but now I root for PSG.

Did you ever have an idol in football?
I have had few idols but these days I am just amazed by Lionel Messi and that entire Barcelona team, and by other young players like Neymar.

What is your fondest footballing memory?
The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.

What has been your biggest disappointment in football?
The 2002 FIFA World Cup and the Final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Berlin.