DUBAI, 23rd November, 2020 (WAM) — The Dubai Sports Council and Globe Soccer Awards further strengthen their 12-year relationship by staging the annual edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference, complemented with a special edition of Dubai Globe Soccer Awards at Armani Hotel, situated at the foot of the world’s tallest building, on 27th December, 2020.
The conference, which hosted more than 200 speakers since its first edition, will once again welcome some of football’s most prominent international players, while the Globe Soccer Awards, which recognised more than 100 winners who have shown outstanding performances in the game, will present new categories this year.
In light of the global impact of COVID-19, this year’s Dubai Globe Soccer Awards will be a special edition, highlighting 2020’s top talent alongside legendary players, clubs and agents from the past 20 years. For the first time, four of the awards will consider the seasons contested by the nominees between 2001 and 2020 in a unique series that celebrates the Best of the Century.
Juventus FC player Cristiano Ronaldo is nominated for both Player of the Century and Player of the Year 2020 alongside FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. After an impressive season while winning the UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski is shortlisted for Player of the Year 2020 along with local soccer star, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who won the Premier League with Liverpool.
The Dubai Globe Soccer Awards will be broadcast live via satellite and live streaming all over the world.
The eight categories in contention this year are as follows:
Player of the Century 2001-2020
Coach of the Century 2001-2020
Club of the Century 2001-2020
Agent of the Century 2001-2020
Player of the Year 2020
Club of the Year 2020
Coach of the Year 2020
Player Career Award
Tommaso Bendoni, CEO of Dubai Globe Soccer, announced, “This special edition is dedicated to all the protagonists in football who exposed themselves to the risk of the virus, gave up their vacations and rest to play every three days, travelled all around the world to offer millions of people a few moments of distraction.”
“Dubai could not miss this event in the most difficult and complicated season. The 2020 edition is a way to show our appreciation and celebrate everyone in football who remained at the frontline and have done an extraordinary job. This is also our way to celebrate the new year, which will give us hope – thanks to the vaccine that will be available soon!”
“All of these would not have been possible without the support of our partners. We thank the sensibility and love that the UAE and the Dubai Sports Council have demonstrated to this sport. Our collaboration will continue in light of the EXPO in 2021 where the Globe Soccer Awards will have the greatest celebration ever.”
“For the first time, we will allow fans from all over the world to be involved and choose their favourite players. We will also award the best of the best in the football industry for the last 20 years.”
Nominees and eventual winners will be chosen by the fans and the Globe Soccer Jury, a panel of leading industry experts.
In an unprecedented step for the Awards, the first shortlist will be entirely decided by the fans. The public can vote through vote.globesoccer.com from today for their favourite nominee in each category, with the finalists being announced in early December. Voting will take place on Globe Soccer’s website, on the new event title sponsor TikTok, as well as via the media partner’s platform such as Kooora in the Arab region. More information about this will be shared via our social media channels in the coming days.
Shortlisted in the category of Player of the Century 2001-2020 are an extraordinary array of over 25 international names including British legend David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. The equally illustrious names of Didier Deschamps, Alex Ferguson and Josep Guardiola, all stalwarts of the game, stand out in the competition for Coach of the Century 2001-2020. Joining them in this stellar group is one of the most outstanding managers of all time, José Mourinho, who is in good company with other giants of the game such as Carlo Ancelotti and current manager of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane.
Among the nominees for the Club of the Century 2001-2020 are famed contenders such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid, while the Agent of the Century 2001-2020 is also a highly competitive category with the possibility of Jorge Mendes winning for the 10th time.
Some of the sport’s most famous stars are up for the Player of the Year 2020 award again this year, including Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema. Meanwhile, the Club of the Year 2020 award is once again up for grabs with six international clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the mix. And there is just as much eager anticipation for the naming of Coach of the Year 2020, which sees Jurgen Klopp looking to defend last year’s win. Klopp is already renowned for winning the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup as manager of Liverpool.