Leonardo, Paolo Tagliavento, Morgan De Sanctis and Cristian Zaccardo are among those to have completed sporting director courses with the FIGC.
The FIGC confirmed them as four graduates from Coverciano after they passed a course that lasted 144 hours, stretching from September 10 to October 24.
De Sanctis retired from professional football last year to become Roma’s team manager, while Zaccardo left Hamrun Spartans over the summer, having found the Maltese side through LinkedIn.
Leonardo is currently Milan’s technical director and Tagliavento stopped refereeing at the end of last season to begin a new career in sporting management.
They were joined by five other ex-players in Roberto Colombo, Rolando Bianchi, Giulio Migliaccio, Alessandro Frara and Gennaro Volpe.
FIGC sporting director graduates: Giuseppe Agostini, Massimo Andreatini, Rolando Bianchi, Umberto Bruno, Diego Campedelli, Sandro Chelidze, Agatino Alessandro Chiavaro, Nicolò Civita, Roberto Colombo, Stefano Cordone, Salvatore Rino D’Agnelli, Leonardo De Araujo, Emanuele De Lieto Vollaro, Morgan De Sanctis, Massimiliano Di Caro, Francesco Farina, Alessandro Frara, Simone Lo Schiavo, Andrea Mancini, Leonardo Marconcini, Giulio Migliaccio, Gianni Marco Migliorati, Paolo Morganti, Luca Oliviero, Gianni Padovani, Pierluigi Petritola, Raffaele Pinzani, Paolo Poponi, Umberto Quistelli, Carlos Manuel Rodrigues De Freitas, Dario Rossi, Gabriele Savarese, Giovanni Serao, Raffaele Sergio, Marco Squillante, Paolo Tagliavento, Pietro Tarcisio Tamai, Fabio Tringali, Paolo Venanzi, Vincenzo Vergine, Francesco Diego Viola, Gennaro Volpe, Cristian Zaccardo, Giorgio Zamuner.