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Gamadiel García is the new president of Sifup, the Chilean player union. He replaces Carlos Soto.

The newly elected board of Sifup elected García as its new head, after a majority of Chilean professional footballers had already voted him into the executive committee. Between 25 November and 1 December 917 players from 43 teams participated in the election for the new Sifup board. García collected a vote from 75% of the players: 685.

Carlos Soto, who had been in charge of Sifup since 1998 ended fourth in the election, which meant he will keep his place on the five-men board. However, during its first meeting on Thursday, the board members decided to appoint a new president.

The board is completed with Luis Marín (secretary), Fernando Burgos (treasurer) and Luis Pedro Figueroa.

During Soto’s 18-year tenure, Sifup became a member of FIFPro. Soto himself is a member of both FIFPro’s strategic committee and player social responsibility committee.

Gamadiel García is a midfielder for Colchagua. García (37) first developed as a player at Universidad de Chile and made his debut in the 1997 season. Since then he has played for Coquimbo, Huachipato, La Serena, Audax and Concepción. He has also had spells abroad at clubs in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Greece. He played one match as a senior international: a friendly in 2002 against Turkey.

“There‘s a lot of work to be done”, García said in a stament on the Sifup website.

“There are issues over players’ holidays and proper payment of severance packages, and we want to implement supplementary health insurance and other things we think are important not only for the development of professional footballers but also for their families”, said the new boss.