UEFA create 'Council of Wise Men' with Mourinho and Southgate included

Meet the 20 big names on UEFA’s new ‘Council of Wise Men’: From Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti… to Juan Mata and Robbie Keane!

  • UEFA have reportedly created a ‘Council of Wise Men’ or ‘Football Parliament’ 
  • The aim is for it to become an open forum that will be used to protect football 
  • The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Paulo Maldini and Fabio Capello are also signed up 

UEFA have created a new ‘Council of Wise Men’ in a bid to get an ‘independent voice in all football-related matters’, according to reports. 

It comes as a historic move for the governing football body, who have created the council in order to get the perspective on rules and regulations from former players and managers.

There is already an impressive list of names that have signed up to take part in the initiative, with current England boss Gareth Southgate reportedly on the list. 

According to MARCA, the decision was approved earlier this month at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting and marked the first time in history that a football advisory board of this level has been created. 

The council will be tasked with addressing fundamental issues within the sport such as the rules of the game, refereeing, UEFA competitions, tactics and player welfare.

UEFA have created a new ‘Council of Wise Men’ in order to help protect football’s rules

Jose Mourinho (L) and Gareth Southgate (R) are both signed up as members to the board

The committee will hold their inaugural meeting at the House of European Football in Nyon on April 24th and will be ‘an open forum that will be used to protect football’.

There are currently 20 confirmed board members with Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane, Gareth Southgate, Rio Ferdinand and others included.


Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Capello, Javier Zanetti, Luis Figo, Philipp Lahm, Ronald Koeman, Gareth Southgate, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Laudrup, Rafa Benítez, Roberto Martinez, Predrag Mijatovic, Jurgen Klinsmann, Rudi Voller, Petr Cech, Juan Mata, Robbie Keane.

UEFA are said to have selected these members based off their ‘outstanding success’ within the sport and the ‘international respect’ that they govern.

Winning a significant trophy or making over 100 international appearances are two of the parameters set out by UEFA to join the committee. 

The Board will also be chaired by Zvonimir Boban – who is a former AC Milan player – with the support of Roberto Rosetti, who is responsible for referees for UEFA. 

It serves as the latest move to try and protect the integrity of football, after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin renewed his attack on the Super League.

A22, the company behind the Super League, had suggested that European football was on the ‘brink of the abyss’ when outlining a revised 80-team format in February.

Ceferin attacked their assessment at the UEFA congress in Lisbon, claiming those behind the Super League are disguising themselves as the saviours of football but are instead guilty of being ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’. 

‘Those who promote this project are now claiming that they want to save football,’ Ceferin said.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently renewed his attack on the European Super League

‘In the space of a few months, the Super League has turned into a character in Little Red Riding Hood: a wolf disguised as a grandmother, ready to eat you up,’ Ceferin said, according to Marca.

‘But nobody’s fooled, because here we have two opposing world views. We have cynicism over morality. We have selfishness over solidarity. We have greed over benevolence. Self-absorption over openness to others. Self-interest over altruism.

‘Shameful lies over the truth. Heirs over builders. Cartel over meritocracy and democracy. Stock prices over sporting merit. The quest for profit over the quest for trophies.’

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have continued to push for a Super League, which initially formed of 12 rebel clubs and collapsed in April 2021 after fan protests.

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