Ryan Giggs 'excited' to take part in Dubai International Sports Conference
Former winger will be joined on stage by Deschamps and Inzaghi for the day's final session
Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs said he is "excited" to share his knowledge and experience at the 14th Dubai International Sports Conference after arriving in the UAE on Thursday.
Giggs, who made a club-record 963 appearances for Manchester United during his playing career, will on Saturday be on stage at the conference where this year's theme is “Future Football Accelerators”. He will be joined by France's World-Cup winning manager Didier Deschamps and Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi for the conference's final session titled “Modern Training and Technology”.
"I'm very excited to share my experiences and my knowledge both as a football player and now as a coach," Giggs said in a video posted to the Dubai Sports Council's Instagram account.
"I've been to Dubai many times on holiday so I know Dubai well and I always get a good welcome, so I'm very much looking forward to the conference."
After a brief stint as interim manager at Manchester United in 2014 and two years as assistant to Louis van Gaal, Giggs took over his first full-time role as Wales manager in 2018, successfully leading his national team to Euro 2020.
Other notable guests at the Dubai International Sports Conference include former Juventus, Ajax, and Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who was also a former teammate of Giggs at United and is now the CEO at Ajax.
Famed Italian manager Fabio Capello and Ferran Soriano, chief executive of Manchester City will also be in attendance.
For the first time, there will be an all-ladies session at the conference where Lucy Bronze, Uefa Women's Player of the Year 2019, and France captain Amandine Henry will lead the “Empowering Women in Football” discussion alongside history-making French football referee Stephanie Frappart and Italy captain Sara Gama.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Joao Felix and Serie A stars Romelu Lukaku and Miralem Pjanic, will also be at the conference, sharing their experiences in a session titled, “Football – Changing Futures”, which will be moderated by former France defender Mikael Silvestre.