Eric Cantona to speak at Global Sports Forum 2012

January 9, 2012

New York Cosmos Director of Soccer confirmed for March event

9 January, drugs 2012: Barcelona:

Global Sports Forum Barcelona, pill the world’s leading exchange platform for sporting movements, symptoms has today announced that ex-international footballer turned actor, Éric Cantona, will take part in the 4th edition of the Forum, 7 – 9 March, 2012.

Cantona, the newly appointed Director of Soccer at New York Cosmos, will join many of the world’s leading brands, government institutions, rights holders and governing bodies from sport already signed-up to attend the Forum, which has quickly established itself as one of the industry’s most influential thought leadership platforms.  The Manchester United legend will focus on the various projects he has been involved in since retiring from football in a session on “Life after Sport.”

Lucien Boyer, General Commissioner of the Global Sports Forum Barcelona, said:

We are extremely excited to announce that one of the most influential footballers of his generation will be attending the Forum this year, to provide his thoughts on his new role in America and look ahead to the future of sport.  Signing up such a sporting icon is further evidence of the Forum’s growing reputation in the industry and I am very much looking forward to hearing what he has to say.”

Cantona joins a distinguished line-up of speakers already confirmed to take part in the Forum, which provides a year-long community for people to debate the latest issues and share opinions on sport.  LOCOG Chairman, Sebastian Coe, FC Barcelona President, Sandro Rosell, Head of Global Sports and Entertainment Marketing at Coca-Cola, Emmanuel Seuge, YouTube’s Head of Sports Content, Claude Ruibal, and England 2015 CEO, Paul Vaughan, are already confirmed to take part.

“Eric Cantona’s career has developed full-circle since he finished his playing career, with acting, painting, photography and charity work all featuring in his life after sport,” continued Lucien Boyer.  “Now that he’s back in football with New York Cosmos, I am sure many of our delegates will be keen to hear from him, along with many of the other fantastic speakers we already have lined-up to discuss the future of the sports industry.”

In 2011, the Forum was attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 54 countries, featuring the likes of global superstar Didier Drogba, Carlos Nuzman (Rio 2016), Sergei Bubka (IOC) and Guy-Laurent Epstein (UEFA) amongst its 40 different speakers from diversified backgrounds.