Sporting Heroes

Soccerex China 2018

The Studio | 18 April 2018 | 3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

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They are the modern day heroes – the supermen and women you turn to once you stop believing in the ones in capes. Through their skill and endeavour they find a place in people’s hearts, creating moments through their sporting achievements that inspire the next generation and create cherished memories for many more. But who are the heroes’ heroes? Who inspired them to go on and forge the careers they have? In this special session we will gather a panel of sporting legends to look at who their heroes were both, on and off the pitch, why they were so special to them and how they dealt with the pressure of being looked up to by fans in their careers.

Suggested for: Performance


D20 Sports

Anderson Luis de Souza, better known as DECO, is internationally renowned for his career as a professional football player. Deco had a very successful journey, seventeen years of dedication to the sport in the field, winning titles for all the clubs he performed. One of the most remarkable one was Porto, where he helped the Portuguese club winning eleven trophies. For Barcelona, there were five more. In England, at Chelsea FC,he supported the club in four other winning campaigns. Finally, at Fluminense, Deco raised three more trophies. In addition to all trophies lifted, there were many individual awards for recognition of his performances. With the end of his career as an athlete, Deco founded D20 Sports, where he is the CEO and with the experience gained during these seventeen years in the world of football, he engaged his professional career to start his own business on agency and management of players and football coaches. As such, D20 Sports is an agency specialized in the management of athletes and coaches, which has a qualified and multifaceted team to give support to our generating subsidies for the development and execution of customized strategic plans.

Hernán Crespo
Argentina / Parma FC
Former International / Vice President

Hernán Jorge Crespo is a former Argentinean footballer who scored over 300 goals throughout his whole career. At club level, Crespo was once the world's most expensive player, when he was bought by Lazio from Parma in 2000 for £35.5 million. He enjoyed a successful career in Italy’s Serie A playing for five different clubs, including both Milan sides, and winning three Serie A scudetti. Crespo also spent a successful spell in England at Chelsea where in 2005 he won the Premier League. At international level, Crespo scored 35 goals and is Argentina's third highest goalscorer behind only Gabriel Batistuta and Lionel Messi. He played in three FIFA World Cups: 1998, 2002 and 2006. After he hung up his boots, he had brief stints coaching the Parma youth team and manageing Serie B club Modena. Crespo was recently named the Vice President of Parma following the Chinese takeover of the club.

Wang Dong (Moderator)
Senior Vice President

Wang Dong is a hugely experienced bi-lingual sports business and media professional. He is a former TV anchor and sports commentator for CCTV News and has worked for USIA, Hong Kong Star TV, ESPN, CBS, United Nations as a reporter, anchor, producer, and the UN spokesman's weekend duty officer. He received as M.A., M.S. and EMBA from the City University of New York, the School of Journalism, Columbia University and China Europe International Business School. More recently he the position as Vice President at Alisports before joining Desports in 2017.