MONACO, February 12, 2019


Legendary football manager Arsene Wenger, who coached London club Arsenal for 22 years, including one entire season undefeated, has confirmed he will be attending the Laureus World Sports Academy in Monaco next week.

Wenger is one of a classic group of legends and current players from the football world, including Laureus Academy Members, Ambassadors and guests, who will be present, as the greatest sportsmen and women from 2018 are honoured.

Joining Wenger will be Cafu, Fabio Capello, Didier Deschamps, Luis Figo, Alessandro Del Piero, Carles Puyol, Mikael Silvestre, Patrick Vieira and Fredi Bobic. Plus stars of the women’s game Kosovare Asllani and Alex Scott.

There is a strong turn-out of winter sports Nominees following the Pyeongchang Olympics, headed by Lindsey Vonn and including Henrieta Farkasova, Anna Gasser, Brian McKeever and Bibian Mentel-Spee. They will be joined in Monaco by Laureus Academy Members, skiers Maria Höfl-Riesch and Franz Klammer, and two-time Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt.

Other Laureus Academy Members present will be: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen, Boris Becker, Sergey Bubka, Fabian Cancellara, Nadia Comaneci, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tony Hawk, Mike Horn, Chris Hoy, Tegla Loroupe, Edwin Moses, Nawal El Moutawakel, Alexey Nemov, Lorena Ochoa, Brian O’Driscoll, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Steve Redgrave, Monica Seles, Mark Spitz, Daley Thompson, Li Xiaopeng and Deng Yaping,

Other Nominees in Monaco are marathon star Eliud Kipchoge, young Jamaican sprinter Briana Williams, triathlon’s Daniela Ryf, surfers Stephanie Gilmore and Maya Gabeira, motor sport’s Ana Carrasco, Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat and Paralympic stars Diede de Groot, Grigorios Polychronidis and Markus Rehm.

Also in the audience will be ex-Formula One star David Coulthard, Olympic swimer Missy Franklin, rugby’s Bryan Habana, Nolli Waterman and Brett Gosper, hockey legends Luciana Aymar, Stefan Blöcher and Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, US fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, German boxer Axel Schulz, US skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, athletics greats Ato Bolden and Paula Radcliffe, former German Olympic track cyclist Kristina Vogel, gymnast Fabian Hambüchen, Paralympians Verena Bentele and Beatrice Vio, mountaineer Annabelle Bond, skier Felix Gottwald and ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern.

While celebrating the greatest sporting successes of the year, the Laureus World Sports Awards also showcases the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, showing how sport can change the world. Today Laureus supports more than 160 programmes in over 40 countries, working to transform society and improve the lives of young people. Laureus Sport for Good is championed by the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, 66 of the greatest living legends of sport.

For the full list of Nominees, click here