Roberto Di Matteo is not the biggest name in the footballing business. On the pitch there are the greats like Pele, Maradona, Platini and Thierry Henry. Off the pitch there are great names like Carlo Ancolleti, Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.
Roberto was both a player and a coach. As a player he played for his country of Italy scoring no less than two goals. Professionally he play for both Lazio of Italy and Chelsea of England. He then retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31 following injury problems and tried the coaching side of things.
As a coach however his greatest triumph was seen last year as he led his former side Chelsea after beating Bayern Munich to win the UEFA Champions League Final. This was a feat that have been thirsted after by the Russian owner of the club Roman Abramovich and the reason he had invested his millions and millions. This was after many big name coaches had come to Chelsea to try and achieve this feat.
It looks like Roberto will be coming to town next Wednesday. He will be here at the behest of Guinness to launch a first of a kind football product by the Guinness team. Brand Manager Linda Obado tells us that her team are excited to be hosting one of the most storied football legends of our time.
He will meet key football stakeholders on the morning of his arrival and will share his experience on the pitch of the richest football club in the world. He will thereafter address a press briefing. With the fires in JKIA I am hoping that they will have sorted that airport lounge by then.