Real Madrid sweep Globe Soccer Awards as Ronaldo, Zidane win

Sport360 staff 29/12/2017

Cristiano Ronaldo capped off a golden year on Thursday night, winning his fourth Dubai Globe Soccer Awards Player of the Year Award in a glittering ceremony at Madinat Jumeirah Dubai.

And in a Real Madrid hat-trick, the team also collected the Club of the Year Award while coach Zinedine Zidane was named Coach of the Year.

Ronaldo, who for the fifth time running was the top scorer in the Champions League and finished the year with another title after scoring the winning goal in the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, triumphed over a stellar field.

The Portuguese beat several big names to the award including rival and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and the heir apparent for the title of the world’s best player, Brazil and Paris Saint Germain star Neymar.

Gianluigi Buffon, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Ramos and Kylian Mbappe were also among the nominees.

Ronaldo was unable to attend the gala, but sent his message of thanks over a live video link.

With Real Madrid taking Club of the Year it was no real surprise then that the man who has steered them to so many titles would win Coach of the Year. Zidane picked up his first Dubai Globe Soccer Awards title, having picked up the FIFA Best Men’s Coach Award in October.

In his first two seasons as manager, Zidane won the Champions League twice, a La Liga title, a Supercopa de España title, the UEFA Super Cup twice and FIFA Club World Cup twice.

Zidane was selected for the Award ahead of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Manchester United’s José Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus.

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Winners of the 2016 Globe Soccer Awards are:

Best Player of the year: CRISTIANO RONALDO

Best Club of the year: REAL MADRID

Coach Career Award: MARCELLO LIPPI

Best Coach of the year: ZINEDINE ZIDANE

Best Referee of the year: FELIX BRYCH

Best Agent of the year: JORGE MENDES

Master Coach Special Award: DIEGO SIMEONE

Sport Business Award: FERRAN SORIANO

Kooora Best Arab National Team of the year: SAUDI ARABIA

Kooora Best Arab National Team Coach of the year: HECTOR CUPER (EGYPT)

Player Career Award: FRANCESCO TOTTI / CARLES PUYOL

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The FIFA President delivered the closing speech at the conference.

The 12th Dubai International Sports Conference drew to a close on Thursday with a speech by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

The Conference again brought together an exceptional group of influential and innovative professionals in all areas of world football, to share their expertise and experience during two days of workshops and presentations.

In the closing session Infantino addressed the packed ballroom at Madinat Jumeriah and outlined FIFA’s approach to the conference theme of Modern Investment in Football. In outlining FIFA’s approach, Infantino said: “There are many stakeholders and points of views and our task and ambition must be to bring together all the different interests in a way that protects football – the game we love.

“FIFA’s approach to investment covers five major areas – investment in image; investment in fans; protection of the game; corporate social responsibility and the future of football.

Infantino added: “2018 will be FIFA’s year of digital revolution as we develop a worldwide digital future to engage and interact with fans. Technology is part of our future, and I am positive the VAR will be a great introduction to football.

The panel discussed the impact of technology on football development.

The panel discussed the impact of technology on football development.

“The FIFA Foundation has also been established to deal with requests for help and assistance from around the world. We will also be introducing a new format for youth competitions from next year, and will be developing a FIFA Women’s World League. We will also create a new Club World Cup so all confederations and leagues all over the world develop at the same rate.

“The most important thing is that we focus on football and protect the game.”

At the conclusion of his speech, Infantino was presented with a gift by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE Olympic Committee.

In earlier sessions Marcello Lippi – Coach of China, joined Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina, and top international referee Felix Brych to discuss Football Development and the Impact of Technology.

Collina said: “The target (of VAR) is to protect the referees by avoiding mistakes which affect the outcome of the match. The referee will always be the final decision maker and should be supported. The interpretation must still be his.

Ismael Matar Carlos Puyol, Mustafa Agha and Francesco Totti.

Ismael Matar, Carlos Puyol, Mustafa Agha and Francesco Totti.

Legendary players Francesco Totti and Carles Puyol, along with one of the UAE’s best players Ismail Matar, then discussed Investment Strategies for Players – During and Post Career, before Infantino addressed the delegates.

The Conference is held under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, and is organised by Dubai Sports Council under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Dubai Sports Council. The Conference was established to bring together the leaders in all areas of football to share their knowledge and ideas.

And in a fitting conclusion to the Conference, the prestigious and highly anticipated Dubai Globe Soccer Awards will be staged on Thursday evening, December 28, recognising the best performances of the season from players, coaches and administrators.

The Awards will this year will be presented in 13 categories. The nominees have been selected by the Globe Soccer Jury of international footballing coaches, directors and chairmen.

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The 12th Dubai International Sports Conference has again brought together an exceptional group of influential and innovative professionals in all areas of world football, to share their expertise and experience during two days of workshops and presentations.

The Conference kicked off on Wednesday at Madinat Jumeirah and over 300 delegates discussed and debated key topics which impact the future of football, both regionally and globally.

The theme of the Conference is ‘Modern Investment in International Football’, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino heads the list of the distinguished group of chairmen, directors, referees, agents, players and coaches who will discuss and debate key topics which impact the future of football both regionally and globally.

In the first session on Wednesday, Javier Tebas Medrano, President of La Liga, Eric Wynalda, candidate for the presidency of the US Soccer Federation and Marco Brunelli , CEO of Serie A, discussed discuss Best Practice in Professional Football Leagues.

Addressing the globalization of the game and the changes in match schedules, Medrano said: “A Real Madrid fan in China is just as important as a Real Madrid fan in Madrid. We need to increase exposure worldwide.”

In conversation: Brunelli.

In the second session Diego Simeone – Coach of Atletico Madrid, was joined by Hector Cuper, Coach of the Egypt national team, and Fabio Capello, Coach of Jiangsu Suning FC to discuss Investing in the Youth Sector.

Cuper, who has guided Egypt to the World Cup after 28 years, said: “The Egyptian players are very humble. It comes down to education and the system, I like it a lot, they have more respect.”

The first day concluded with Ferran Soriano, the highly innovative CEO of Manchester City; Vadim Vasilyev – AS Monaco Vice President; and Umberto Gandini – AS Roma CEO, addressing the Economic Impact of Football.

Gandini discussed the approval of plans for the development of a new stadium for AS Roma, said: ‘This marks an exciting period for the club, we are performing well on all fronts, and this is a positive chapter for the club.”

Soriano, speaking about the evolution of the game, the growing digital presence and the recent partnership with Amazon, said: “We need to innovate, it’s trial and error. It’s worth taking the risk. It’s going to be spectacular”.

Ferran Soriano

Soriano talks in Dubai.

The program for day two (Thursday) will see Marcello Lippi – Coach of China, join Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina, and top international referee Felix Brych to discuss Football Development and the Impact of Technology.

Legendary players Francesco Totti and Carles Puyol, along with one of the UAE’s best players Ismail Matar, will then discuss Investment Strategies for Players – During and Post Career. In the final session of the Conference, FIFA President Gianni Infantino will address the Future of Investment in Football.

The Conference is held under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, and is organised by Dubai Sports Council under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the Dubai Sports Council.

The Conference was established to bring together the leaders in all areas of football to share their knowledge and ideas.

HE Saeed Hareb with Diego Simeone

HE Saeed Hareb with Diego Simeone.

And in a fitting conclusion to the Conference, the prestigious and highly anticipated Dubai Globe Soccer Awards will be staged on December 28, recognising the best performances of the season from players, coaches and administrators.

The Awards will this year will be presented in 13 categories. The nominees are selected by the Globe Soccer Jury of international footballing coaches, directors and chairmen, and again includes the cream of world soccer vying for the honour of being named the best in the world in their field.

A special Dubai Globe Soccer Award was presented on Wednesday, ahead of the ceremony on Thursday night. Diego Simeone received the Master Coach Special Award, in recognition of his remarkable results in guiding Atletico Madrid to winning La Liga and reaching two Champions League finals.

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