Qatar Football AssociationNews
08.10.2014 8:54 in :

Paris: The first edition of the Aspire Academy Global Summit concluded in Paris yesterday with delegates concluding that nothing can be left to chance in this day and age when it comes to excellence in sports.

From the great Pele to those who have succeeded him — Ronaldo, Messi, Ibrahimovic and Neymar –the past forty years of football have seen the rise of two radically different visions of the sport. The era of innate talent with extraordinarily gifted players like Cryuff, Platini and Maradona has given way to the age of programmed performance embodied by a generation of gifted players trained in the school of tough discipline.

This is precisely the reason that prompted the directors of Aspire Academy to bring together specialists from the world of football and science in a single forum-the Aspire Academy Global Summit on “Football Performance and Science.”

International football coach and former Italy star Roberto Mancini, former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert, former Argentine internationals Juan Sebastian Veron and Gabriel Heineze and former tennis world number one Victoria Azarenka were some of those who shared their views at the summit.

“It has been a wonderful and very useful two-day session we had here in Paris. We are glad that we held it in Europe which brought various personalities on the same stage and for the same cause,” Aspire Academy Foundation CEO Khalid Abdullah.


“After the fifth edition of Aspire4Sport in Qatar, we noticed that there were a lot of people who were unable to make it to Doha. We decided that it would make sense to have this Global summit in Paris as it would enable us to have more exposure In Europe.

“Paris is in the heart of Europe and it has given many companies and sporting legends an opportunity to come over and take part in the event. We are planning to move this summit all over the world.”

Football clubs from around the world have praised Aspire Academy and pledged to continue to work together. Speaking at the conclusion Aspire Academy Director General Ivan Bravo said: “The summit is just the first step that we have taken to create a community of clubs and academies that will regularly share knowledge.