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Emmanuel Petit and Lilian Thuram special supporters of the tournament

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been confirmed as the president of the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup's Local Organising Committee.

The championship will take place in August next year at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

According to a press release sent by Homeless World Cup press officer Eva Vicens, the Arsenal manager joins former professional footballers Emmanuel Petit and Lilian Thuram as special supporters of the World Cup.

"The Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup will bring together different national teams made up of homeless players, organised by charities who help the homeless all year round," Wenger is quoted as saying.

"What is important for a guy who is homeless is to give him a target again in life, for him to know that when he gets up he has training. He takes a shower, has lunch and knows that he has training again the next morning.

"It gives him something to think about, it gets discipline into his life again. When you lose that discipline, it becomes one of the big problems for young people. They cannot find a job because they are not shaved, not showered. Everybody rejects them, they feel on the outside, excluded."

Homeless World Cup is an annual international football tournament inspiring 64 national grass roots football projects and over 30,000 homeless players a year to change their lives.

The eighth Homeless World Cup takes place on September 19 to 26 at Copacabana Beach in Rio before the baton is handed to the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup, scheduled for August 19 to 29, 2011.

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