FIFA has announced the appointment of former Arsenal legend, Arsene Wenger as its new Chief of Global Football Development.
In his new role, the decorated French manager will be key in overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women globally.
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.
Commenting on his new role, Wenger 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.”
President Infantino added: “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.”
Following a glittering managerial career in North London, that saw Wenger lead Arsenal to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Since departing the Gunners he has become an established broadcast analyst and has been linked with some of Europe’s top jobs.
Insider Insight: As FIFA embarks on the journey of growing football and retaining a connection with the fans, having somebody with an established experienced voice like Wenger on board is pivotal.