Past and present football legends are in attendance at the Globe Soccer Conference this weekend, among which Cristiano Ronaldo, Pierluigi Collina, Franck Ribéry, Xavi, Ian Rush and Deco; participating in discussions, debates, and finally in the Globe Soccer Awards.
Today, Juventus boss Antonio Conte will receive the 2013 award for Best Coach of the Year, as selected by the Dubai Sports Council. The man from Lecce surpassed stiff competition such as Jurgen Klopp, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, and Jupp Heynckes.
The award will be conferred to Conte after his discussion with Pep Guardiola on “How to create a winning team”. Conte receives this award after bringing Juventus to Italy’s peak, breaking record after record. In Europe, Conte’s Juventus was eliminated twice in 2013, but this didn’t seem to weigh on the committee selection as much as the fact that Guardiola, Heynckes and Ferguson coached for only half of the 2013 calendar year.
Surely, the numbers are on Conte’s side: 79 wins in 121 games (all competitions) of which 65 out of 93, considering only the domestic league. These wins brought Juventus to winning two scudetti, and to dominating the rankings holding on to top spot for the entire calendar year with the exception of Roma’s small parenthesis.
Conte gave Juventus grit, appeal, and trophies. And in Dubai he is given international recognition as coach of the year. Thus, 2013 comes to an end and 2014 begins: Conte is still hungry for glory.