Top European club coaches to meet at UEFA

The 19th UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum will take place in Nyon on Wednesday involving the likes of Zinédine Zidane, José Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri.


032 - Former players will also gather on Wednesday 30 August

The 19th UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum will take place at the House of European Football in Nyon on the afternoon of Wednesday 30 August (14.00-18.30CET). The forum, which will be chaired by UEFA Coaching Ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson, provides an opportunity for top European club coaches to exchange views on the major issues affecting European club competitions, as well as to discuss and make proposals to UEFA that may be of overall benefit to the European game.

A number of Europe’s leading coaches have been invited and among those who will attend, are:

Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus FC), Rafael Benítez (Newcastle United FC), Eduardo Berizzo (Sevilla FC), Sergio Conceição (FC Porto), Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain), Bruno Génésio (Olympique Lyonnais), Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco FC), José Mourinho (Manchester United FC), Maurizio Sarri (SSC Napoli), Ernesto Valverde (FC Barcelona), Rui Vitoria (SL Benfica) and Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid CF).

On the same day, UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin will also hold a round table discussion with former players in Nyon (11.00-13.00). Players in attendance include Xabi Alonso, Deco, Leonardo, Peter Schmeichel, Clarence Seedorf, Dejan Stanković, David Trezeguet and Javier Zanetti. The meeting will offer the opportunity to hear the opinion of the main actors of the game on a wide range of topics in the domains of competition rules, laws of the game, football promotion, education and post-football activities.

Two separate mixed zones with former players and coaches will be organised at 13.00 and 18.30 respectively, and a press conference will follow the event at approximately 18.45 to review the topics discussed during the day.

Members of the media wishing to attend any of the media activities must apply for accreditation via email to by Wednesday 30 August at 10.00CET, mentioning “Coaches forum” in the subject header and stating name, outlet and contact details.

Please note that media access into the House of European Football will be granted during two time slots only – from 12.30 to 13.30, and from 18.00 onwards.