A strong senior delegation from the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee is flying to South Africa today to join the world’s top football power-brokers at the five-day Soccerex conference.Now in its 14th year, Soccerex 2009, between 28 November and 2 December in Gauteng Province, is the leading business convention for the global football community. Football’s most powerful figures are in attendance, including FIFA President Sepp Blatter and a number of FIFA Executive Committee Members.The CEO of the Qatar Bid, Hassan Abdulla Al Thawadi, said: “Soccerex is a wonderful opportunity for the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee to present our vision and plans to the people who are crucial in the decision-making process. I’m very much looking forward to discussing our Bid with the most important people in the game today – and learning from their views and feedback.”Al Thawadi added: “It is also significant that the event is being held in South Africa. We are all very much looking forward to being present at the first World Cup to be held on the African continent next year. We welcome the spread of the world’s favourite tournament to new and exciting markets across the globe. The reason that Qatar is bidding to host this tournament in 2022 is that we believe that our region also deserves an historic opportunity to enchant the world.”Other keynote speakers at Soccerex include Danny Jordaan (CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee); Sven-Goran Eriksson (Former England Manager and current Director of Football at Notts County), and guests include World Cup Legends Sir Geoff Hurst, Eusebio, Carlos Alberto, Ossie Ardiles and Roger Milla.
This year’s Soccerex consists of a two-day football festival and a three-day conference and exhibition, bringing together thousands of football industry executives for five days of networking, socialising and learning.