Participants
 
 
26
High-achieving former international from Europe and beyond
 
ABIDAL Eniola ALUKO OLIVEIRA Maxwell SCHERRER ANDRADE
DABIZAS Ioannis AMANATIDIS NJITAP Patrick MBOMA
BORDINGGAARD Dmitri BULYKIN KEHL Gaizka MENDIETA
BOUREIMA Goran BUNJEVČEVIĆ OLIVEIRA Lise Overgaard MUNK
BONED Constantinos CHARALAMBIDES DABIZAS Dimitris PAPADOPOULOS
ABIDAL Youri DJORKAEFF KEHL Stiliyan PETROV
ABIDAL Paul ELLIOTT ABIDAL Doug REED
ISSA Gareth FARELLY KEHL Deividas SEMBERAS
KEHL Luis Javier GARCIA SANZ OLIVEIRA Gilberto SILVA
ABIDAL Kaspars GORKSS ROSETTI Kumar THAPA
LANDSTRÖM Tamás HAJNAL TIHINEN Kolo Abib TOURE
MPENZA Michael JOHNSON VERPAKOVSKIS Hugo VIANA
GOMES Annike KRAHN DABIZAS Zisis VRYZAS
 
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Eniola ALUKO
Born in 1987
 
Work history
  • Founder, Crescenda Sport – A sports careers consultancy business
    dedicated to developing successful future careers in the Sports
    industry for university students and postgraduates;
  • Associate consultant, Slaughter & May international law firm;
  • Trainee solicitor, Onside Law;
  • Trainee solicitor, Lee & Thompson Media & Entertainment law firm;
  • Litigation paralegal, SC Andrew LLP;
  • In-house legal & business affairs department,
    The Football Association.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Birmingham City Ladies, Charlton Athletic Ladies,
    Chelsea Ladies, Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat, Sky Blue FC;
  • 102 caps for the English national team;
  • FA Cup winner, 2012 and 2015; bronze medallist FIFA World Cup,
    2015; FA Women’s Super League winner, 2016; played in
    the Olympic Games, 2012; two-time London player of the year.
 
Languages
  • English
 
Education
  • Legal practice course, College of Law, Moorgate, London;
  • Bachelor in law.
 
Other activities
  • Mahler Cup for Character Award;
  • Meeting Her Majesty, the queen upon receiving an Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award.
     
 
 
 
 
  Ioannis AMANATIDIS
Born in 1981
 
Work history
  • Head coach, Iraklis II Footbal club
 
Football career        
  • Played for Eintracht Frankfurt, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, VFB Stuttgart, SPVGG Greuther Fuerth;
  • 30 caps for the Greek national team;
  • Played in UEFA EURO, 2008; played in FIFA Confederations Cup, 2005.
 
Languages
  • German
  • English
  • Greek
 
Education
  • UEFA PRO Licence;
  • UEFA A Licence, Hellenic Football Federation;
  • Business school, Germany.
     
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Dmitri BULYKIN
Born in 1979
 
Work experience
  • Football analyst, Match TV;
  • Ambassador, FIFA World Cup 2018;
  • President’s advisor, FC Lokomotiv Moscow.
 
Football career        
  • Played for FC Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Dynamo Moscow, FC Bayer
    Leverkusen, FC Anderlecht, FC Ajax, FC Twente, FC Volga NN;
  • 15 caps for the Russian national team;
  • Two-time Russian Cup winner, 1999 and 2000; Two-time Russian
    Premier League runner-up, 1999 and 2000; Belgian Supercup
    winner, 2010; Belgian Cup runner-up, 2010; Dutch national champion 2012.
 
Languages       
  • Russian
  • English
  • German
 
Education
  • Physical education, Russian State University
 
 
 
  Goran BUNJEVČEVIĆ
Born in 1973
 
Work history
  • Sporting director, Football Association of Serbia;
  • General director, FK Zemun;
  • Sporting director, FK Crvena Zvezda.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Rad Belgrade, Red Star Belgrade, Tottenham Hotspur, ADO Den Haag;
  • 16 caps for the Serbian national team.
 
Languages
  • Serbian
  • English
 
Education
  • Sports management, Alfa university;
  • UEFA A Licence;
  • UEFA B Licence.
 
 
 
  Constantinos CHARALAMBIDES
Born in 1981
 
Work history
  • Founder and president, Goal in Life Foundation: the missions of this charity organisation is to provide financial support to vulnerable groups, fundraising for specific causes and initiatives, and visiting schools and hospitals as a form of civic engagement.
 
Football career        
  • Played for APOEL Nicosia, Panathinaikos FC, PAOK, Carl Zeiss Jena, AEK Larnaca;
  • 94 caps for the Cypriot national team;
  • National champion, 2002, 2004, 20009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016; Cup winner, 1999, 2008, 2015 and 2015 ; Super Cup winner, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
 
Languages
  • Greek
  • English
 
Education
  • Bachelor in Sports Management, FIFPro Online Academy, University College of Northern Denmark; Marketing studies, Business Administration, University of Cyprus;
  • UEFA A Licence.
 
 
 
 
  Youri DJORKAEFF
Born in 1968
 
Work history
  • Founder, Youri Djorkaeff Foundation: the mission of YDF is to provide services and programmes to the children of New York City through soccer for social change and improvement in the areas of athletics, mental and physical health and education;
  • International relations, French Professional Football League;
  • Partnership, Inter Milan campus in the United States of America;
  • Ambassador, Inter Milan;
  • Ambassador, Paris Saint-Germain FC.
 
Football career        
  • Played for New York Red Bulls, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain FC, AS Monaco, RC Strasbourg, FC Grenoble;
  • 88 caps for the French national team;
  • FIFA World Cup winner, 1998; FIFA Confederations Cup winner, 2001; UEFA EURO winner, 2000; UEFA Europa League winner, 1998; UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup winner, 1996; French Cup winner, 1991; Trophée des champions winner, 1995.
 
Languages
  • French
  • English
  • Italian
 
 
 
 
  Paul ELLIOTT
Born in 1964
 
Work history
  • Corporate Social Responsible and Anti-discrimination committee member, UEFA;
  • International Diversity Ambassador, UEFA;
  • Anti-Racism Ambassador, FIFPro;
  • Ambassador in Black and Minority Ethnic (B.M.E.) Communities, FA;
  • Chairman of Inclusivity/Diversity Board, FA England 2018 World Cup Bid;
  • Community Fund Member, Premier League and PFA;
  • Community Fund Board Member, FA;
  • Ambassador in respect of ‘Kick Racism Out of Football’, PFA (England & Scotland);
  • Board Member of Diversity & Inclusion Board, Local Organising Committee of Olympic Games (LOCOG);
  • Equalities and Human Rights Commission (E.H.R.C.) Special Advisor.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Chelsea FC, Glasgow Celtic FC, Pisa Sporting Club, Aston Villa FC, Luton Town FC;
  • Captain of England youth, U21 and B team.
 
Languages
  • English
  • Italian
 
 
 
 
  Gareth FARELLY
Born in 1975
 
Work history
  •  
  • Match delegate, Premier League;
  • Second year trainee solicitor, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP;
  • Member of the FA Judicial Panel & Chairman’s Panel, FA;
  • Football Consultant, St Kevin’s Boys Football Club;
  • Paralegal within Sports and Litigation Department, Cassell Moore, Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock;
  • Player and agency management, Boss UK Sports Agency, Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock;
  • Chairman, National Licensed Trade Association;
  • Player/manager, Bohemians FC.
 
Football career        
  •  
  • Played for Morecambe FC, Cork City FC, Blackpool FC, Bohemians FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Everton FC, Aston Villa FC;
  • 6 caps for the Irish national team;
  • FAI Cup winner, 2007; League Cup runner-up, 2004; Play-off final winner, 1999-2000.
 
Languages
  • English
 
Education
  •  
  • UEFA A and B Licence;
  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, Liverpool;
  • Bachelor in law, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire.
 
 
 
 
  Luis Javier GARCIA SANZ
Born in 1978
 
Work history
  • Ambassador, UEFA;
  • Ambassador, Liverpool FC;
  • Ambassador, FC Barcelona;
  • Consultant, BeIn Sports, Sky Sports, Tv3 Ireland, Astro, Optus, ADSportChanel.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Central Coast Mariners, Atlético de Kolkata, Pumas UNAM, Puebla FC, Panathinaikos FC, Real Racing Club de Santader, Club Atlético de Madrid, Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona, Real Valladolid Espana, CD Tenerife, CD Toledo;
  • 25 caps for the Spanish national team;
  • UEFA Champions League winner, 2005; UEFA Champions League runner-up, 2007; UEFA Super Cup winner, 2005; UEFA Intertoto Cup winner, 2007; FA Cup winner, 2006; FA Community Shield winner, 2006; Indian Super League winner, 2014; part of the UEFA Team of the Year, 2005.
 
Languages
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Catalan
 
 
 
 
  Kaspars GORKSS
Born in 1981
 
Work history
  • Shareholder, Domaine Allegria;
  • Owner, bar XIII;
  • Member of Statutes audit committee, Latvian Football Federation;
  • Owner, restaurant Koya.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Riga FC, FK Liepaja, Dukla Prague, Ergotelis FC, Colchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Reading FC, Queens Park Rangers, Blackpool FC, FK Ventspils,
    Assyriska Foreningen, Osters IF, Auda Riga;
  • 86 caps for the Latvian national team;
  • Latvian Higher League winner, 2006; League One play-off final winner, 2007; two-time Football League Championship winner, 2011 and 2012; Latvian Footballer of the Year, 2009 and 2010.
 
Languages
  • Latvian
  • English
  • Russian
  • German
  • Swedish
 
Education
  • Law studies, Latvian University.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Tamás HAJNAL
Born in 1981
 
Work history
  • Active player
 
Football career        
  • Played for Ferencvaros TC, FC Ingolstadt 04, VfB Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, VV. Sint Truiden, FC Shalke 04;
  • 59 caps for the Hungarian national team;
  • Two-time German Cup winner, 2001 and 2002; German Supercup winner, 2008; German champion, 2011; Hungarian champion, 2016; three-time Hungarian cup winner; two-time Hungarian Footballer of the Year 2007 and 2008; named in the Bundesliga all-star team, 2008; two-time golden Ball player in Hungary, 2007 and 2008.
 
Languages
  • Hungarian
  • English
  • German
 
Education
  • UEFA A licence.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Michael JOHNSON
Born in 1973
 
Work history
  • Consultant, PFA, Premier League, FA, LMA;
  • U21 assistant manager, Cardiff City;
  • Academy coach, Birmingham City;
  • Youth team manager, Notts County;
  • Reporter, Sky Sports Gillette Football Show;
  • Scout, Norwich City FC;
  • Studio Guest, BBC Midlands Late Kick-Off;
  • Inclusion Advisory board, FA;
  • Advisory board, League Managers Association.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Notts County FC, Derby County FC, Birmingham City FC, Sheffield Wednesday;
  • 12 caps for the Jamaican national team;
  • Two promotions to Premier League; League Cup final runner-up.
 
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
 
Education
  • Master’s degree, sporting director;
  • Corporate Governance, accredited course funded by PFA and FA;
  • LMA diploma in football management;
  • FA coach educator;
  • UEFA Pro, UEFA A and B Licences;
  • FA Youth Module 1, 2 & 3;
  • FA Coach education course.
 
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Annike KRAHN
Born in 1985
 
Work history
  • Event manager, German Football Museum;
  • Intern focusing on sports and media, 7DC Internet and Communications Agency;
  • Member of the local organising committee FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011, City of Bochum;
  • Intern, VfL Bochum 1848.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Bayer Leverkusen, Paris Saint-Germain, FCR Duisburg;
  • 137 caps for the German national team;
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup winner, 2007; Olympic Games winner, 2016; Olympic Games bronze medallist, 2008; two-time UEFA Women’s Euro winner, 2009 and 2013; UEFA Women’s Cup winner, 2009; two-time German Cup winner, 2009 and 2010.
 
Languages
  • German
  • English
  • French
 
Education
  • Master in sport sciences, Ruhr University Bochum.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Maxwell SCHERRER ANDRADE
Born in 1981
 
Work history
  • Technical coordinator, Paris Saint-Germain FC
 
Football career        
  • Played for Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, AFC Ajax, Cruzeiro Esporte Clube;
  • 10 caps for the Brazilian national team;
  • UEFA Champions League winner, 2011; UEFA Super Cup winner, 2009; two-time FIFA Club World Cup winner, 2009 and 2011; four-time French league winner, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016; three-time French cup winner, 2015, 2016 and 2017; four-time French League Cup winner, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; three-time Trophée des champions winner, 2013, 2015 and 2016; two-time Spanish League Cup winner, 2010 and 2011; two-time Spanish Super Cup winner, 2009 and 2010; Copa del Rey winner, 2012; Italian Super Cup winner, 2008; three-time Italian League Cup winner; Dutch Cup winner, 2002; two-time Dutch national champion, 2002 and 2004; Brazilian Cup winner, 2000.
 
Languages
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Patrick MBOMA
Born in 1970
 
Work history
  • Sports analyst, Orange Sport, Canal+, RMC, BFMTV;
  • Shareholder, International Sport Insurance.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Vissel Kobe, Tokyo Verdy, AL-Itthiad Tripoly, Sunderland, Parma AC, Cagliari Calcio, Gamba Osaka, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Metz, Berrichonne Chateauroux;
  • 53 caps for the Cameroonian national team;
  • Two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner, 2000 and 2002; Olympic Games winner, 2000; Best African Player of the Year, 2000; French Cup winner, 1995; Two-time French League Cup winner, 1995 and 1996.
 
Languages
  • French
  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
 
Education
  • Educated to baccalaureate level.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Gaizka MENDIETA
Born in 1974
 
Work history
  • Football analyst;
  • Ambassador, La Liga;
  • Ambassador, FC Barcelona;
  • Investor - Iberica Restaurants, StreetXo and InPaella;
  • Board member, World Cup Legends;
  • DJ.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Valencia FC, FC Barcelona, Lazio SS, Middlesbrough FC;
  • 40 caps for the Spanish national team;
  • Two-time UEFA Champions League runner-up, 2000 and 2001; UEFA Intertoto Cup winner, 1998; played in FIFA Wolrd Cup, 2002; played in UEFA EURO 2000; played in the Olympic Games, 1996; Copa del Rey winner, 1999; Spanish Super Cup winner, 1999; English Football League Cup winner, 2004.
 
Languages
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Lise Overgaard MUNK
Born in 1989
 
Work history
  • Active player;
  • Manager assistant, KB Tennis klub;
  • Intern, conception and implementation of a new football camp, Fortuna Hjorring.
 
Football career        
  • Played for 1. FFC Frankfurt, 1. FC Köln, Brondby IF, Fortuna Hjorring;
  • 39 caps for the Danish national team;
  • Two-time Danish Cup winner, 2009 and 2010; German Cup winner, 2014.
 
Languages
  • Danish
  • English
  • German
 
Education
  • Bachelor in sports management, University College of Northern Denmark;
  • Degree of service management, University College of Northern Denmark;
  • Business School, Frederikshavn.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Dimitris PAPADOPOULOS
Born in 1981
 
Football career        
  • Played for Panaitolikos, Atromitos, Asteras Tripolis, PAOK, Celta Vigo, Dinamo Zagreb, Lecce, Panathinaikos Athens, Burnley, Akratitos Athens;
  • 22 caps for the Greek national team;
  • UEFA EURO winner, 2004 Greek national champion, 2004; Greek Cup winner, 2004; Croatian First League winner, 2010.
 
Languages
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian
 
 
Abidal
 
  Stiliyan PETROV
Born in 1979
 
Work history
  • Founder, Stiliyan Petrov Foundation: its aim is to help address the issues involved when people are diagnosed with acute leukaemia;
  • Assistant coach, Aston Villa FC.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Aston Villa FC, Celtic FC, PFC CSKA Sofia, FC Montana;
  • 105 caps for the Bulgarian national team;
  • Four-time Scottish Premier League winner; three-time Scottish cup winner; three-time Scottish League Cup winner; Bulgarian national champion, 1997; two-time Bulgarian Cup winner, 1997 and 1999.
 
Languages
  • Bulgarian
  • English
 
Education
  • UEFA A Licence.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Doug REED
Born in 1986
 
Work history
  • TV co-commentator and studio analyst, Eurosport and Ten Monkeys;
  • Tournament director, USA futsal;
  • Technical commissioner, Premier Futsal;
  • Performance analyst, Manchester City Academy.
 
Futsal career        
  • Played for Futsal Dinamo, Lanzarote Tias Yaiza, AEL Limassol, MNK Uspinjaca, MNK Smederevo, Manchester Futsal Club;
  • 74 caps for the English national team;
  • Two-time national champion; three-time FA Futsal Cup winner.
 
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
 
Education
  • UEFA B licence in futsal;
  • Bachelor in accounting, University of Manchester;
  • National Diploma in Sport, Solihull College;
  • Level 1 Diploma in Creative Media Production, Solihull College.
 

Other activities

  • Blogger, DougReedFutsal.com;
  • Co-founder, Futsal Insights.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Deividas SEMBERAS
Born in 1978
 
Work history
  • President, Lithuanian Football Clubs Association A League
 
Football career        
  • Played for Zalgiris FC, Alania Vladikavkaz, CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Moscow;
  • 82 caps for the Lithuanian national team;
  • UEFA Europa League winner, 2005; three-time Lithuanian Cup winner, 1997, 2014 and 2015; two-time Lithuanian League winner, 2014 and 2015; three-time Russian League winner, 2003, 2005 and 2006; six-time Russian Cup winner, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011; four-time Russian Super Cup winner, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009; two-time Baltic Cup winner, 1997 and 1998; Lithuanian Footballer of the Year, 2005.
 
Languages
  • Lithuanian
  • Russian
  • English
 
Education
  • Bachelor in physical education, Russian State University of Physical Education.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Gilberto SILVA
Born in 1976
 
Work history
  • Sports director, Panathinaikos FC;
  • Commentator at 2014 FIFA World Cup, ESPN.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Clube Atletico Mineiro, Gremio FC, Panathinaikos FC, Arsenal FC, America FC;
  • 93 caps for the Brazilian national team;
  • FIFA World Cup winner, 2002; two-time FIFA Confederations Cup winner, 2005 and 2009; UEFA Champions League runner-up, 2006; FA Premier League winner, 2004; two-time FA Cup winner, 2003 and 2005; two-time FA Community Shield winner, 2002 and 2004; Copa America winner, 2007; Greek Cup winner, 2010; Greek Super League winner, 2010.
 
Languages
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
 
Education
  • Technical management of football, University of Football, Brazil;
  • Public presentation course, Brazil;
  • Career coaching course, Brazil.
 

Other

  • Lecture, Colegio Magnum;
  • Lecture, Feira do Empreendedor Sebrae;
  • Social services.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Kumar THAPA
Born in 1976
 
Work history
  • Head coach, Nepal women’s Football Team;
  • Lawyer, Nepalese Armed Police Force.
 
Football career        
  • Played for The Armed Police Force club, Manang Marsyangdi Club;
  • 34 caps for the Nepalese national team;
  • Three-time Nepalese league winner.
 
Languages
  • Nepali
  • English
  • Hindi
 
Education
  • Bachelor in law, Tribhuvan University;
  • A licence, AFC.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Kolo Abib TOURE
Born in 1981
 
Work history
  • Assistant coach, Celtic FC;
  • Premier vice-president, Ivorian Federation of Professional Players;
  • Third assistant coach, National team of Ivory Coast.
 
Football career        
  • Played for Celtic FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC, Arsenal FC, ASEC Mimosas;
  • 120 caps for the Ivorian national team;
  • Africa Cup of Nations winner, 2015; UEFA Champions League runner-up, 2006; UEFA Europa League runner-up, 2015; Scottish premiership winner, 2017; Scottish League Cup winner, 2017; Scottish Cup winner, 20017; two-time Premier League winner, 2004 and 2012; two-time FA Cup winner, 2003 and 2005; two-time FA Community Shield winner, 2002 and 2004.
 
Languages
  • French
  • English
 
Education
  • UEFA B Licence.
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Hugo VIANA
Born in 1983
 
Work history
  • Sporting director, Beleneses SAD
 
Football career        
  • Played for Al Wasl FC, Al Ahli FC, SC Braga, Valencia FC, Osasuna FC, SC Portugal, Newcastle United FC;
  • 29 caps for the Portuguese national team;
  • Two-time UEFA Europa League runner-up, 2005 and 2011; Portuguese Cup winner, 2002; Portuguese League winner, 2002; Portuguese League Cup winner, 2013; Arabian Gulf League winner, 2014; Arabian Gulf Cup winner, 2014; rabian Gulf Super Cup winner, 2014.
 
Languages
  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
 
 
 
Abidal
 
  Zisis VRYZAS​
Born in 1973
 
Work history
  • Sport director, Hellenic Football Federation;
  • Member of Executive Committee, Hellenic Football Federation;
  • General secretary, Veroia FC;
  • President and chief executive officer, PAOK FC;
  • Vice-president, PAOK FC;
  • Assistant coach, Greek national team;
  • Technical director, PAOK FC
 
Football career        
  • Played for PAOK FC, Xanthi FC, Torino FC, Celta de Vigo FC, Fiorentina FC, Perugia FC;
  • 69 caps for the Greek national team;
  • UEFA EURO 2004 winner; UEFA Intertoto Cup winner, 2003.
 
Languages
  • Greek
  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish