Arsene Wenger is employed again full-time though the employer is not a football club but the football world governing body.

Football world-governing body Federation de Internationale de Football Association( FIFA)  announced the hiring of Wenger as chief of global football development, overseeing the technical and holistic aspect of the game last November 14th.

Wenger, formerly the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, accepted the job after he was linked to the coaching vacancy at Bayern Munich, a few weeks back but the talks between the German club and Wenger collapsed due to disagreement on the length of service the French coach will lend to the club.

“I know I can contribute to this objective,” Wenger said via The Associated Press. “And will put all my energy into this.”

Wenger’s job will involve as one key member of International Football Association Board( IFAB), chairman of the FIFA Technical Study Group, which conducting a technical analysis of games played at FIFA tournaments and creating a program to encourage retired football players to explore managing a club and providing them support for their transition.

The three-time Premier League champion coach fills the same post vacated by Marco van Basten in October 2018.

“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,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in the same The Associated Press article.

Previously Wenger served as part-time football analyst to Qatar-based sports channel beIn Sports before accepting the job at FIFA.



Marcello Lippi quits as China coach


Italian coach Marcello Lippi resigned as coach of the China men’s football team for the second time, thanks to embarrassing 2-1 loss of Team Dragon in the hands of Syria during the joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, Lippi announced his decision last November 15th.

“They played better than us and deserved this victory,” Lippi said on the Syrian team, quoted in an article The Associated Press. “I take full responsibility for this loss and hereby announce my official resignation.”

The resignation came after China suffered its first defeat in the qualifiers, amid a goalless draw result against the Philippines, prior to the Syria game and string of two victories against Maldives and Guam at the beginning of the qualifiers.

“For any team, players should give their all once they are on the pitch and execute what the head coach had planned for,” Lippi added in the same article. “If they are afraid and lacking motivation, will, and courage and failing to execute what we had trained for, I will take responsibility for that as head coach.”

This is the second time Lippi departed from the Chinese men’s football team after resigning in the aftermath of China’s quarterfinals loss to Iran in the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup last January but later returned to his old job, four months later to replace fellow Italian coach Fabio Cannavaro, who decided to focus his attention on the Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

Before accepting the China coaching choir, Lippi guided Italy to win the 2006 Federation de Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) World Cup title. He also guided Juventus to 1995-1996 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League crown and five Serie A titles.

Lippi also made waves in the Chinese Super League in guiding the Guangzhou Evergrande to three Chinese Super League titles and 2013 AFC Champions League plum.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) is not yet announcing the replacement for Lippi.


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