World Cup Speakers

The FIFA world cup kicks off in Russia in just four weeks. Maybe you are looking for a speaker to tie in with your football themed event? Or when the dust has settled, perhaps you’ll simply require a speaker who can help motivate your downhearted colleagues following England’s inevitable failure. Either way, here is a list of world-class conference speakers who have all played their part on World Cup pitches.

Sir Geoff Hurst

There is arguably no greater English World Cup legend than Geoff Hurst. He remains the only player to have scored a hat trick in a World Cup final. The final goal of which prompted commentator Wolstenhome’s phrase, “They think it’s all over, it is now” and ensured that England won their only major international trophy in Roy of the Rovers comic-book style.

In his speeches Hurst recalls this defining experience and muses on the differences between football then and now.

“Without doubt the most popular guest ever to grace our event” – Samsung Techwin Europe

Despite gaining 63 international caps, Kevin Keegan only succeeded in playing one World Cup game for England (as substitute in a 0-0 draw with Spain in 1982). He went on to manage the national team, leading them to the Euro 2000 finals where England beat Germany in the first competitive game since 1966, but then resigned during qualification for the 2002 World Cup.

In his entertaining and humorous conference speeches, Kevin takes us through the highlights of his distinguished career, whilst at the same time warning against relying on former glories.

“Excellent in every way!” – B/E Aerospace (UK) Ltd

Graham Poll

Graham Poll is perhaps the most recognised British referee. In his 26 year career he has marshaled FA Cup Finals, the UEFA cup final and 284 premier league matches. However, it will be for a mistake in the World Cup Finals that Poll will be most remembered. In a hot-tempered game between Croatia and Australia, Poll showed the former’s Josip Šimunić two yellow cards but did not send him off (He was eventually red carded for a third offence at the final whistle.) FIFA dismissed Poll from the finals following the game.

A former sales manager, Poll’s speeches combine his knowledge of motivation and leadership in a corporate context with that of the beautiful game. He also offers some insights into what it takes to control 22 young millionaires running around a field.

“Excellent in every way!” – B/E Aerospace (UK) Ltd

Pierluigi Collina

Whilst Poll might be the most recognisable British referee, Italian Collina is surely the most famous of all. With his piercing eyes and Uncle Fester like dome of a skull, he is as iconic as any of the players he brought into line (Collina was chosen as the cover star for the Pro Evolution Soccer 3+4 video games then replaced by Thierry Henry for 5). Winner of FIFA’s “Referee of the Year” an incredible six times, he is widely considered to be the greatest. Collina has a long list of big games under his belt, but his most prestigious appearance was refereeing the 2002 World Cup final in Yokohama where Brazil defeated Germany 2 – 0.

As a conference speaker Collina is an equally imposing figure. At the lectern he compares business to football urging audiences to study the opposition and make use of every opportunity, to learn from mistakes but not to dwell on or compensate for them.

“Fantastic, he really stepped up to the challenge.” – Diageo 

 

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