The 48-year-old beat incumbent Federico Sboarina in a run-off with 54.4% of the vote compared to 46.6%.
Not a member of any particular party, Tommasi was supported in the final run-off by the centre-left PD and a coalition of other parties.
It is not exactly the first administrative role held by Tommasi, as he also spent nine years as the President of the Italian Players’ Association from 2011 to 2018.
He is from Verona and started his career in the Hellas Verona youth academy, before moving to Roma in 1996 and remaining there for 10 years, during which he won the Serie A title.
In the final years of his playing career, Tommasi also represented the likes of Levante, QPR, Tianjin Teda and San Marino club La Fiorita before finally retiring in 2019.
Throughout his career, Tommasi was known for having a strong social conscience, talking Roma into signing him after a serious injury on the minimum wage, then urging technical sponsor Nike to use only footballs that were made using fair labour practices.
— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) June 26, 2022