Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger lands new role at Fifa

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 15 Nov 2019

Arsene Wenger was appointed as Fifa's chief of global football development, ending any chance of a move to managerless Bayern Munich.

The governing body said the former Arsenal and Monaco coach would be responsible for the growth of the game and be the "leading authority on technical matters," including potential changes to the sport's laws.

Fifa added that Wenger, 70, would be tasked with coach education and aiding a program for former players to enter management.

"I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge," Wenger said. "Not only because I have always been interested in analyzing football from a broader perspective but also because Fifa's mission is truly global."

Rumors of Wenger making a shock return to coaching had intensified over the weekend after Wenger denied claims by Bayern that they had turned down his offer to take over at the German champions after the sacking of Niko Kovac.

However, it is the new Fifa role that brings the Frenchman back to the game for the first time since 2018, when he left Arsenal after 22 years in charge.

"I am delighted to welcome him to the team," said Fifa president Gianni Infantino. "Since I arrived at Fifa, we have placed football at the center of our mission, striving to learn from those who know the sport inside out."

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