Veteran football manager Arsene Wenger was announced as FIFA’s new Chief of Global Football Development in November 2019. The announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the world football governing body’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
This appointment puts Wenger in charge of all football development activities throughout the world for both genders. Job duties include coaching, training and coach education programs. Also, he will oversee FIFA’s technical study group.
This new office qualifies the former Arsenal manager as a member of the panels of the International Football Association Board, which governs the laws of the game and any rule changes, such as the recent introduction of video-assisted refereeing.
Prior to his appointment as the new FIFA Chief of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger maintained a profile as a respected television match analyst. During his time as a coach, he served as one of the longest-serving coach in the English Premier League and was respected as one of the top coaches in England while in-charge of Arsenal football club.
According to Arsene Wenger on the appointment, he said; “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.”
In addition, President Infantino said; “Arsene Wenger’s profound knowledge and passion for the different aspects of our game sets him apart as one of the most respected personalities in football. I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Since I arrived at FIFA, we have placed football at the centre of our mission, striving to learn from those who know the sport inside out: Arsene is someone who, with his strategic vision, competence and hard work, has dedicated his life to football. His arrival is just another example of how we keep strengthening our purpose to bring FIFA back to football and football back to FIFA.”
This appointment is Wengers first formal role after his 22-year coaching period at Arsenal elapsed with an emotional exit at the end of the 2017-18 season.
The FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made it clear that the devlopment of soccer is at the core of his objectives.
Arsene Wenger – Profile and Titles
Arsene Wenger is a retired footballer and coach, he is currently the director of football development also known as Chief of Global Football Development.
Full Name – Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger
Nickname – Le Professeur
Date of Birth – 22 October 1949 (age 71)
Place of Birth – Strasbourg, France.
Citizenship – France.
Playing Position – Midfielder.
Arsene Wengers football Career began with AS Mutzig when he broke into the third division club in 1969. He went on to join Mulhouse in 1973 and Vauban S. in 1975. In 1978 he joined R. Strasbourg where he played till he retired in 1981.
Career as a Manager
|Racing Strasbourg U19
|July 1, 1981 –
June 30, 1982
|July 1, 1983 –
June 30, 1984
|July 1, 1984 –
June 30, 1987
|July 1, 1987 –
Sept. 17, 1994
|Feb 1, 1995 –
Sep 30, 1996
|Oct 1, 1996 –
Jun 30, 2018
Titles and Trophies
|3X ENGLISH CHAMPION
|7X ENGLISH FA CUP WINNER
|1X FRENCH CHAMPION
|1X FRENCH CUP WINNER
|1X JAPANESE SUPER CUP WINNER
|1X JAPANESE CUP WINNER
|7X ENGLISH SUPER CUP WINNER
|1x Manager of the Year
Arsene Wenger’s Current Position – Director of Development (FIFA).