Former U.S. women’s soccer player Mia Hamm, has been appointed to the board of directors of the AS Roma football club that was taken over by a oston consortium in 2011 to become Serie A’s first foreign-controlled club. Hamm, 42, who helped the United States to win two World Cups, in 1991 and 1999, and was named FIFA woman world player of the year in 2001 and 2002. The American owners have big plans for the three-time Italian champions, including the construction of a new stadium. Roma currently pay the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to use the Stadio Olimpico, which they share with city rivals Lazio and the national rugby team during the Six Nations. The team were runners-up in Serie A last season and are currently second, three points behind champions Juventus, after eight games. According to the Italian ANSA news agency, ormer Roma Chairman Thomas DiBenedetto and New York lawyer Joe Tacopina, who recently took over second-tier Italian side Bologna, have both left the board of the club from the capital.
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