Soneva Fushi has announced plans to host former top German footballer Stefan Effenberg during FIFA World Cup 2018.
As part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour, Stefan will be at Soneva Fushi from June 25 to July 16, where he will be commentating on selected matches at the resorts outdoor Cinema Paradiso, the biggest screen in the Maldives, as well as commentating all the quarterfinals, semifinals and the final.
Stefan, who has played for German football clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Möchengladbach, will be lending his expert knowledge of football to the World Cup proceedings at Soneva Fushi, commentating on approximately one match a day. The screening of the World Cup matches will be complimentary for all Soneva Fushi guests.
Stefan, from Hamburg, began his professional club career with Borussia Möchengladbach, where he was a first-choice by the age of 20. He later transferred to Bayern Munich, scoring 19 goals in his first two seasons. He went on to do a short stint at the Italian club ACF Fiorentina, but moved back to Bayern Munich in 1998.
During his second time with the club, he collected three Bundesliga titles in a row, while Bayern Munich reached two UEFA Champions League finals. The first was a 1-2 defeat to Manchester United in 1999, the second was in 2001 with Stefan as captain. He scored Bayern’s equalising goal from the penalty spot against Valencia (1-1, penalty shootout win).
Stefan was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2000-01 UEFA Champions League. After he left the club, fans voted him one of the eleven greatest Bayern players of all time. Effenberg played 35 games for the German national team and scored five goals. His debut on the team was June 5, 1991, in a Euro qualifier against Wales.
In February this year, Soneva launched its first ever year-long campaign known as the Festival of Colour, to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.
Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 to February 2019.
Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is the original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways is located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 65 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden amongst dense foliage.
The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.