Arsène Wenger, now 72 years old, was born on October 22, 1949, in Strasbourg, Alsace, as the youngest of Alphonse and Louise Wenger’s three children.
He lived in Duppigheim during the 1950s despite spending most of his time in the nearby village of Duttlenheim, 16 kilometers (10 miles) south-west of Strasbourg.
Alphonse, the father of Arsène, was forcibly enlisted into the German Army after Germany had previously annexed the French region of Alsace-Lorraine. At the age of 24, he was assigned to the Eastern Front in October 1944.
Wenger began playing football “around the age of six,” according to his father, who also served as the team’s manager for the local community.
In Germany, where he had a soft spot for Borussia Mönchengladbach, he was brought to games. Alsace was a deeply religious region; Wenger and the local boys frequently had to ask the Catholic priest for permission to skip vespers in order to play football.