The 8th Dubai International Sports Conference

Maradona, Xavi, Ribery, Guardiola, Conte, Ronaldo (R9) and others will be in Dubai, UAE

Remember when I met Diego Maradona last year? Well, I might not be able to meet him, but the same conference is happening again in Dubai.

The Dubai Sports Council is organizing its annual sports conference on 28 and 29 December 2013. The 8th Dubai International Sports Conference will be held in Mina A’Salam – Madinat Jumeirah – Dubai – UAE. The slogan and umbrella for this year’s conference will “Football Companies – Future Empowerment”.

Speakers and attendees of this year’s version will cover topics like:

  1. Globalization and financial aspects of football
  2. The present and future of football stadia
  3. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil and its technical and organisational aspects
Dubai International Sports Conference by Dubai Sports Council

Dubai International Sports Conference by Dubai Sports Council

The full roster may know some changes, but here are the confirmed names:

  • Antonio Conte – FC Juventus Coach;
  • Carlo Tavecchio – Vice President of the Italian Federation;
  • Diego Armando Maradona – Ambassador of the Dubai Sports Council;
  • Fabio Capello – Russia National Team Coach;
  • Frank Ribéry – Bayern Munich Football Player;
  • Giovanni Branchini – International Players Agent;
  • Josep Guardiola – Bayern Munich Coach;
  • Marco Villiger – Director of the Legal Division, FIFA;
  • Mario Gallavotti – International Sports Lawyer;
  • Massimo Busacca – FIFA’s Chief Refereeing Officer;
  • Mike Farnan – International Sports Marketing Expert;
  • Pierluigi Collina – UEFA’s Chief Refereeing Officer;
  • Ronaldo Luìs Nazario de Lima – Ambassador of the 2014 FIFA World Cup;
  • Umberto Gandini – AC Milan Director;
  • Xavier Hernàndez – FC Barcelona Football Player
  • Uli Hoeness – FC Bayern Munich President


The program of the conference is yet to be confirmed but here is what you can expect.

Schedule for 8th Dubai International Sports Conference

Schedule for 8th Dubai International Sports Conference


Alongside the conference, there will be the Globe Soccer Awards Ceremony (Audi Football Night), where everyone participating will be available for a gala dinner and some prize distribution (Details HERE).



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