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Thomas DiBenedetto Finally Named President of AS Roma

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, one month after taking a controlling share in Serie A’s AS Roma soccer team, American entrepreneur Thomas DiBenedetto has been named president of AS Roma, the club announced in a statement on their website on Tuesday.

The Boston businessman, who has become Roma’s 22nd president, takes over from the Sensi family after an 18-year reign (which includes a Scudetto won during the 2000-01 season, came to an end earlier this year with the club heavily in debt.

Roberto Cappelli of Italian bank UniCredit had become interim president until the protracted takeover was finalized in August, making Roma the first foreign-owned Italian club.

DiBenedetto, whose four-man group comprises investors James Pallotta, Michael Ruane and Richard D’Amore, struck a deal with UniCredit bank in April to take a 67 percent share of the club, with the Americans controlling 60 percent of the new consortium.

Last year UniCredit, who retain the remaining 40 percent, had taken on the Sensi family’s majority share in Roma in return for canceling their debt.

The Giallorossi, who finished sixth in Serie A last season, recorded their first victory under American ownership on Sunday, a 1-0 win at Parma.

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