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Maradona and Mourinho to share Dubai stage

Football legends will speak in same debate during conference next week

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Diego Maradona and Jose Mourinho
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Dubai: In a true meeting of minds, organisers Dubai Sports Council (DSC) have brought together two footballing legends to speak during the same session at the 7th Dubai International Sports Conference at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel next week.

Though the details of the final schedule for the two-day conference are still being finalised, the DSC has put Argentinian legend and Dubai ambassador Diego Maradona alongside Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho in the same discussion session next Friday — the opening day of the two-day conference.

“We are all excited about this session as this will be like a dream come true for the world of football. To have one of the world’s best players on the same platform as one of the world’s best coaches is something that has not happened in a long time,” said Mohammad Al Kamali, Chairman of the Organising Committee.

“I am convinced that the attention of the entire footballing fraternity will be on Dubai to see how these two geniuses conduct themselves during such an august gathering.

“I am sure both men will throw a lot of light on the hidden side of the football world. Both are contemporaries and it will be a treat to listen to their experiences.

“Though Mourinho has been a bit down of late due to the results at Real Madrid, we believe his time in Dubai will be the best thing for him to recharge and get his club’s campaign running during the new year.”

Mourinho on Tuesday became the last high-profile personality to confirm for the annual conference, which is held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the DSC.

Also attending will be the likes of Uefa President Michel Platini, Barcelona President Alexandre Rosell, Russia coach Fabio Capello, Atletico Madrid’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal.

Since 2006, the DSC has been organising this conference to attract high-profile decision-makers and professionals from the local and international football communities to discuss matters related to professionalism in sport.