Soccerex has confirmed that referee Howard Webb will be taking part at this year’s Soccerex Global Convention in Rio de Janeiro from November 26th-30th 2011.
Webb will form part a special panel titled ‘The Great Football Debate’ which will include a mix of big name football industry stakeholders including leading journalists, club and business figures. The panel will give their different perspectives on some of the biggest issues affecting global football today.
Webb, currently number one in FIFA’s World Referee rankings, and the first person to referee both the Champions League Final and the World Cup Final, will also be officiating several legends games as part of the renowned Soccerex Football Festival. The festival is a two-day event taking place at the start of the Global Convention in a purpose-built stadium on Copacabana beach. The event features international football legends, stars of the future, football freestylers and local entertainment.
The 2010 Football Festival saw legends teams from Argentina, Brazil, Holland and England with the Brazilians beating the Dutch in the final to take home the trophy. Players such as Ruud Gullit, Denílson, Jorginho and Romario were all in attendance. In recent years the festival has attracted other such legendary players as Eric Cantona, Carlos Alberto Torres, Eusebio, Leonardo, Bryan Robson, Phil Thompson, Ossie Ardiles, Lucas Radebe, Ronald de Boer and George Weah.
The Soccerex Global Convention 2011 will consist of an in-depth conference schedule, packed exhibition, a large range of networking and two-day Football Festival all taking place in the host city to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, Rio de Janeiro. To find out more about the event visit www.soccerex.com.