It is that time of the year when Dubai becomes the world’s destination for football.
On 27 and 28 December, 2015, the Dubai Sports Council will be organizing the 10th Dubai International Sports Conference under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The conference is titled “Challenges and Achievements” and it will host big names in the football world from coaches, managers, footballers, and referees.
On the first day, there will be a special session dedicated to referees and the changing rules and regulations in the sport. The session will be led by the famed Pierluigi Collina, who is now UEFA Heads of Referees. Others joining in will be AFC referee Ravsan Irmatov and UAE’s Ali Bujsaim, who is also a Board Member of the Dubai Sports Council. Nicola Rizzoli from Italy will be the moderator of the session as speakers give their take on ‘The Changing Perspectives of the Game’.
On the second day of the conference, former Italian national team coach Fabio Capello will be joined by Marc Wilmots and Antonio Conte to discuss ‘How to Stay at the Top’ in a session that will be moderated by Real Madrid and Spanish legend Michel Salgado.
The day will conclude with one final session on putting in place a ‘Long-term Football Career Programme’ in a session that will be debated by Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo along with England’s Frank Lampard. The day’s program will conclude with a farewell ceremony and lunch.
The list of attendees from the world of football is mouth drooling for any fan, and the guest of honor of the conference will be no other than Lionel Messi.
Starting with Diego Maradona, the list contains: Michel Salgado, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, Ravshan Irmatov, Josep Maria Bartomeu, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Michele Uva, Antonio Conte, Marc Wilmots, Pierluigi Collina, Fabio Capello, Gianni Infantino, Umberto Gandini, Mario Gallavotti, Frédéric Oumar Kanouté, and other unannounced surprise guests who are active in the GCC region.