Arsène Wenger, a former player and manager of French football, was born on October 22, 1949. He is currently the FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development.
He joined the semi-professional Mulhouse club in 1973 and combined his playing career with his academic pursuits. A year later, Wenger earned his economics degree.
He traveled to Nigeria, Lebanon, and Uruguay, where the 1976 World Students Championship was held, as a representative of the French national student team.
Wenger was injured and was unable to participate in the event. Team captain Jean-Luc Arribart recalled that by the end of the trip, Wenger had almost assumed the roles of team jokester and assistant coach.
He and Hild’s friendship was revived in 1975, and he joined the amateur team ASPV Strasbourg (Vauban). Wenger was chosen by Hild because she needed a midfielder “who could organize play and also have a sort of hold over the team.”
After its 1971 formation, Vauban moved steadily up the French football league system, and the club’s three seasons under Wenger culminated in its promotion to the third division.