FIFA unites World Cup winners and club executives as teammates to study for a football diploma

ZURICH — World Cup and Champions League winners learn about the football industry together with club founders and front office leaders at FIFA.

This week they were all teammates in the classroom at the football organization's headquarters in Zurich studying all areas of the industry for the FIFA Diploma in Club Management.

This week's graduates included Juan Mata and Angel City founder Julie Uhrman, while Cesc Fàbregas, Esteban Cambiasso and Radamel Falcao are among the latest intake for the 18-month course.

The FIFA course, now in its third edition, aims to provide former stars with a pathway to careers off the pitch and better educate football industry executives about the players' perspective.

“When we learn something, it's a great feeling. These courses give us the opportunity to do that,” said Mata, who won a World Cup title with Spain and a Champions League with Chelsea.

As co-founder in 2017 of the socially progressive Common goal charityMata's smarts were already established and he was expected to have an impactful post-playing career.

However, former Argentina and Inter Milan midfielder Cambiasso warned in one session that some industry executives “think that if a footballer develops his brain, that is a danger.”

Fàbregas is studying on the course while coaching in Italy at Como, recently promoted to Serie A after a 20-year absence, where he is also a minority investor.

He was recruited at Como by Dennis Wise, who played for Chelsea and England, was manager at Newcastle and is part of the FIFA selection committee for and helps deliver the course.

“There are many of us who are capable of doing that and we have shown that we are capable of doing that,” Wise said. “You are never too old to keep learning.”

FIFA started its diploma course in 2021 following the UEFA Masters Course taught since 2015 by the European Football Association with input from universities in England and France.

This generation of recently retired international players typically acquired enough wealth to have serious investment opportunities and no longer have to work. Mata has an interest in the Formula 1 team Alpine.

“We have an exceptional lifestyle,” acknowledged Tim Cahill, an adviser to the Qatari Football Federation and a board member at the Qatari-owned Belgian second-tier club Eupen.

Wise suggested that the motivation for FIFA students to pursue education “wasn't about money. It's about success and achieving certain things.”

As FIFA set its course this week, a former teammate of Mata and Fàbregas in the 2010 World Cup title squad was under investigation in Spain for his business interests in football.

Gerard Piqué, who has not taken a FIFA or UEFA course, has involved in the case of disgraced civil servant Luis Rubiales linked to taking Spanish Super Cup matches to Saudi Arabia.

FIFA's course focuses more on club activities than on national federation issues. One of the keynote speakers will be Arsène Wenger, head of global development after 22 years as Arsenal coach.

“You could hear a pin drop in the room when he spoke,” said Karina LeBlanc, the legendary former Canadian goalkeeper and now general manager of the Portland Thorns in the National Women's Soccer League.

Portland and Angel City formed in recent years and now seek to learn and share from clubs with more than 100 years of history, said Uhrman, Angel City's president who was an entrepreneur in the gaming and entertainment industries before founding the soccer club. in Los Angeles.

“It can only bring you closer together,” she said, “because we sit at the table together.”

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