19 Facts About Andrea Radrizzani

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Andrea Radrizzani was born on 10 September 1974 and is an Italian businessman and the majority owner of Premier League football club Leeds United.

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Andrea Radrizzani is the chairman and founder of the sports broadcasting group Eleven Sports.

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3.

Andrea Radrizzani graduated with a degree in public relations from IULM University in 1996.

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Self-made businessman, Andrea Radrizzani began his career in sports media in 1999 with digital sports content distributor Media Partners and founded Media Partners' China business.

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5.

Andrea Radrizzani led media rights distribution agreements with selected Serie A teams in 2004, before acquiring the rights for the majority of Serie A teams in 2006.

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6.

In 2010, Andrea Radrizzani negotiated a new media rights partnership with Arsenal FC.

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7.

Andrea Radrizzani was responsible for leading rights distribution deals with Roland Garros, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 among others.

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Andrea Radrizzani is Leeds United's chairman and the club's majority owner.

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In January 2017, through Aser, Andrea Radrizzani made an investment in 50 per cent of the share capital of Leeds United, making him co-owner of the club.

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10.

On 15 June 2017, Andrea Radrizzani appointed his first head coach when APOEL manager Thomas Christiansen was announced as the new head coach of Leeds United to replace the departed head coach Garry Monk, with the club announcing that they "wanted to appoint someone who can help us create a winning culture at the club and unite everyone connected with Leeds United, from the players to the supporters".

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On 26 June, Andrea Radrizzani brought back Leeds Ladies to Leeds United ownership to become Leeds United Ladies again after the club had previously become its own entity after previous owner Massimo Cellino decided to stop Leeds United funding in 2014.

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12.

On 28 June 2017, Andrea Radrizzani completed the purchase of Elland Road, making the stadium property of Leeds United for the first time since 2004.

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13.

On 3 January 2018, Andrea Radrizzani announced an official partnership for Leeds with Aspire Academy in Qatar.

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14.

On 6 February 2018, Andrea Radrizzani appointed Barnsley Manager Paul Heckingbottom as the new head coach of Leeds United on an 18-month contract to replace Christiansen.

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In March 2018, Andrea Radrizzani announced that Leeds United would be going on a post-season tour of Myanmar in May 2018 to play two friendlies.

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16.

Andrea Radrizzani defended the choice of location, declaring that 'This is about people not governments'.

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17.

On 31 July, Andrea Radrizzani signed Striker Patrick Bamford to Leeds for £7 million, the move represented the highest fee Leeds had spent on a player since Robbie Fowler's move to the club in 2001.

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Andrea Radrizzani has invested in a number of additional sports, media and entertainment companies with Aser, including Italian based digital media network Hellodi, San Francisco-based technology startup Sports Data Labs, the football news app One Football, the digital entertainment brand Epico, the sports agency Base, OTRO and the production company Easyprod.

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19.

Andrea Radrizzani is founder and chairman of the Play for Change Foundation, a charity that runs sport and education programmes for children in his native both internationally and in Italy, his home country.

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