Van Basten handed FIFA role

Holland legend Marco van Basten has been confirmed in a new role by football’s world governing body FIFA.

Three time Balon d’Or winner and 1992 World Player of the Year van Basten has been named as chief officer for technical development, with responsibility for looking at innovations to improve the game through technology.

Van Basten has been working as an assistant to Dutch national team boss Danny Blind after previous spells in charge of Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and his country.

"It's a great honour for me to be appointed for this assignment," said van Basten.

"I'm very proud to have the opportunity to work in the home of FIFA, the home of world football. I hope to be able to give my contribution to ensure that football remains the number one sport in the world.

"Football is spectacular and it has to stay spectacular in every sense. We all love this sport. That's why I will work hard to develop football technically in the way that our sport will give to the fans and the players always emotions and joy."

Van Basten held discussions with FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday to formalise his appointment, with the latter hailing the arrival of the ex-AC Milan striker.

"Marco Van Basten is football," said Infantino. 

"We have to cherish football, we have to protect football and develop football. Marco is a great expert, not only a legend. 

“There is a lot he can do for football, for the game and around the pitch in the world. I'm extremely happy that he joined our team and I'm sure that he will do a great job."