Former Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has been unveiled as FIFA’s new Chief of Global Football Development.
The French man who was at the helm at the Emirates for 22 years before leaving the club, was seen arriving FIFA headquarters in Zurich with FIFA president Gianni Infantino and some staff of the World soccer ruling body welcoming him in style with inscription “🤝 Welcome to the team, ‘Le Professeur’
Prior to this development Wenger was tipped to take over the coaching of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich but the discuss ran into troubled waters with one report saying the club did not want him while Wenger’s account indicated that it was an ongoing discussion.
Wenger will be chiefly responsible for overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women around the world. He will also be the leading authority on technical matters, both as a member of the Football and Technical Advisory Panels involved in The IFAB’s review and decision-making process on potential changes to the Laws of the Game, and as chairman of the FIFA Technical Study Group, which has conducted the technical analysis of FIFA tournaments since 1966.
Wenger’s role will include a particular focus on coach education, while he will also offer invaluable contributions to an executive programme – currently in its inception phase – tailored to encourage former professional players to enter management and which will support them through the post-career transition and bridge the gap between managerial and technical positions in football.
“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge, not only because I have always been interested in analysing football from a broader perspective but also because FIFA’s mission as world football’s governing body is truly global. I believe that the new FIFA we have seen emerging in recent years has the sport itself at the very heart of its objectives and is determined to develop the game in its many different components. I know I can contribute to this objective and will put all my energy into this.”