December 14

FIFA World Cup winner Marcel Desailly and sports broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher to host SBC Awards 2021

2021-11-26
United Kingdom
Reading time 1:37 min

FIFA World Cup winner Marcel Desailly and news and sports broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher will be the hosts for the SBC Awards 2021, which will take place on December 14 at Evolution London.

The eighth edition of the event is set to recognize and celebrate the best performing sports betting and igaming operators, affiliates, and suppliers, with the victors to be announced in a lavish ceremony in front of an audience of 800 industry professionals.  

Rasmus Sojmark, Founder and CEO of SBC, commented: "The SBC Awards are one of the highlights of the betting and gaming industry calendar, as we celebrate the best of the best and recognize the sector's many achievements. Having Marcel Desailly and Kirsty Gallacher hosting the ceremony is sure to make it an unforgettable night to round off this most unusual of years."

Desailly was one of the stars of the all-conquering France national football team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000, and the Confederations Cup in both 2001 and 2003. In addition to his honors-filled 116-cap international career, the Accra-born star also enjoyed a trophy-laden club career, which began at Nantes, before a move to Olympique de Marseille that brought a 1993 UEFA Champions League winner's medal.

He then joined AC Milan and played a key role in the Rossoneri's 1994 Champions League triumph and two Serie A titles, before a transfer to Chelsea, where he starred in the Blues' 2000 FA Cup victory. Spells at Qatari clubs Al-Gharafa and Qatar S.C. followed before he retired from professional football in 2004, having earned a reputation as one of the finest central defenders in the history of the game. 

Desailly said: "I'm really excited to be co-hosting the SBC Awards on the 14th December with Kirsty Gallacher. It promises to be a great evening celebrating the very best in the betting and gaming industry. See you all there!

Gallacher is currently the GB News Breakfast presenter. She is a familiar face to both SBC Awards attendees, having hosted the last three ceremonies, and sports fans across the UK. She enjoyed a successful 20 years with Sky Sports, anchoring Sky Sports News' flagship show and fronting the broadcaster's coverage of events including the Ryder Cup and The Masters.

The SBC Awards feature 43 categories, with honors for betting and gaming operators, affiliates, and suppliers, and the shortlists are available online

Tickets for the awards are now on sale and may be booked online or via e-mail.

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