FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Millwall Prostate Cancer UKs Award Winning Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3425/title=millwall++prostate+cancer+uk%92s+award+winning+partnership There was joy for Prostate Cancer UK and Millwall FC as the duo triumphed in the Best Corporate Partnership category at the Third Sector Awards. The victory, at the event at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London, came after a hugely successful 2013/14 season in which the charity and the Championship club worked closely on and off the pitch. Up against AfriKids with Allen Overy, FareShare and Trussell Trust with Tesco, National Literacy Trust with British Land and Support Dogs UK with JTM... Wembley Stadium Takes Centre Stage For EURO 2020 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3424/title=wembley+stadium+takes+centre+stage+for+euro+2020 Wembley Stadium will take centre stage after being named as the host of the semi finals and final of EURO 2020. The decision made in Geneva this morning (19 th Sept) where the UEFA Executive Committee appointed the 13 associations that will stage UEFA EURO 2020. England previously staged EURO '96. Of the other host cities announced in Geneva today, Munich (1988), Rome (1968, 1980) and Brussels (1972) have all held UEFA European Championship final matches in the past. UEFA's Executive Committee... SAFC Amongst The Cream Of The Crop http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3423/title=safc+amongst+the+cream+of+the+crop Sunderland AFC has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious industry awards, including one for its dynamic and creative season card marketing campaign. Sunderland is amongst a host of top clubs to be shortlisted for the Best Club Marketing Campaign, in the Football Business Awards, for its #SAFCLegends 2014/15 season card campaign. Focusing on how valued the Sunderland AFC faithful are, the campaign immortalised the fans as the true legends of SAFC. This included print adverts of fans... Football Business Awards Announces Finalists http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3422/title=football+business+awards+announces+finalists The shortlist for the 2014 Football Business Awards has been announced. With finalists comprised of clubs, agencies, sponsors and technology providers, the shortlist showcases all aspects of the sector that have had a significant impact on the beautiful game over the last year. The quality and quantity of entries has increased with each awards and this year has been no different. The top seven Premier League clubs on the pitch last season are finalists, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester... Shrewsbury To Open Town Centre Club Shop http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3421/title=shrewsbury+to+open+town+centre+club+shop Shrewsbury Towns latest signing is not a player but a new club store, right in the heart of the town at the busy Darwin Shopping Centre. The signing was announced this week and the shop will debut on October 1 to give the Shrews a real high street and town centre presence. Town Chief Executive Matt Williams said: "It has been a busy week for the club, we had our game on Tuesday night against Carlisle and have an important game against Newport County on Saturday followed by the visit of... Big-Spending Clubs Turning To Performance Analysis http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3420/title=big-spending+clubs+turning+to+performance+analysis Top European clubs' growing recognition of advances in player performance data has been at the top of the agenda at the Soccerex event in Manchester. Daniel Bernard, CEO of leading football data provider Sports Matrix , said more clubs are turning to clinical methods to safeguard their transfer market investments, but that some teams are being left behind. The topic was a major talking point on the show floor and lecture theatres of the global football exhibition which took place at... European Clubs Welcome UEFA Distribution Model http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3419/title=european+clubs+welcome+uefa+distribution+model The UEFA Executive Committee have approved the distribution model for the club benefits derived from UEFA EURO 2016 revenues and confirmed ECAs distribution concept relating to Financial Fair Play. As per the Memorandum of Understanding between ECA and UEFA signed in March 2012, UEFA makes available an amount from the EURO revenues to clubs in recognition of the important contribution they make to the success of the UEFA EURO tournament. Following a proposal put forward by the ECA... World-leading Hernia Surgeon Joins Perform Birmingham Team http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3418/title=world-leading+hernia+surgeon+joins+perform+birmingham+team Cutting-edge sports medicine centre Perform Birmingham have recently added to their prominent sports medicine team with the recruitment of top global Hernia surgeon Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck. World-renowned for her Minimal Repair Technique, which allows footballers return to light training within as little as 48 hours and full training within seven days. Dr. Muschaweck hosted her first surgery at Perform Birmingham in Little Aston in September with several top-flight football stars already visiting... Non-EU Player Numbers To Be Restricted By FA http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3417/title=non-eu+player+numbers+to+be+restricted+by+fa Non-EU player numbers will be restricted under proposed changes to the current system the Football Association (THE FA) has announced. The proposals are in a bid to reduce the numbers coming to England from next season by up to 50 per cent and were first proposed by FA Chairman Greg Dykes England Commission in May. Over the summer discussions have taken place with the Home Office regarding the process for change. The system, called the Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) process, was... First Class Online Experience Tops Agenda For Nottingham Forest http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3416/title=first+class+online+experience+tops+agenda+for+nottingham+forest Nottingham Forest FC has chosen TALENT Sport, the (ticketing) ecommerce platform from Advanced Ticketing (Advanced), as part of its goal to deliver a first-class fan experience. The championship league club selected TALENT Sport for its renowned robustness and reliability in managing peaks of demand for ticketing, and its ability to deliver a seamless online customer experience, allowing fans to purchase from any device. The system went live last month, ready for the start of the new 2014-2015... Sport England names Nottingham as City of Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3415/title=sport+england+names+nottingham+as+city+of+football Nottingham has been named as Sport Englands City of Football, narrowly beating Manchester and Portsmouth. Nottingham will receive 1.6 million to get more people in the city playing football regularly. Competition for the prize was fierce, and the three candidate cities put in exceptionally strong bids, each rising to the challenge of making a compelling case to show how and why they were the best placed to encourage more people to play football more often. Nottingham clinched the... Can Qatar Accommodate Alcohol At World Cup? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3414/title=can+qatar+accommodate+alcohol+at+world+cup%3F The issue of alcohol consumption is the latest in a long line of talking points raised by the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to research from Taylor Francis. FIFAs controversial decision to award the Arab nation the right to host the World Cup in 2022 has been dogged with problems from allegations of bribery to human rights violations of migrant workers. Recently published in the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, the article ... Newcastle To Install Giant Screen At St. James Park http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3413/title=newcastle+to+install+giant+screen+at+st.+james%26%23039%3B+park Newcastle United are set to install a giant screen at St. James' Park. The 60m 2 LED screen, manufactured by sports technology specialists, ADI , will be situated on the glass panelling in the north east corner of the stadium in the Leazes end and will be visible to over 40,000 spectators on matchdays. At 60m 2 , it will be the joint biggest screen in the Premier League and will be up and running for United's home fixture with Leicester City on 18 October. The new screen will utilise ADI's... Advanced Ticketing Offers Increased Commercial http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3412/title=advanced+ticketing+offers+increased+commercial+ Advanced Ticketing (Advanced) has released a new version of TALENT Sport, its leading ecommerce platform for sports, stadia and leisure venues. Commercial teams will now benefit from real-time access to, and control of their ecommerce operations from any web-enabled device with the introduction of a fully responsive web-based back-office interface. Sales points and ticket offices can now be set up using TALENT , at any time and at any location to give clubs greater flexibility. Furthermore,... Qatar Football Opens To Worldwide Recruiting With Wyscout http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3411/title=qatar+football+opens+to+worldwide+recruiting+with+wyscout Qatar Stars League (QSL) opens up to international market and invests in technological development of football scouting and enhancement in club management. In a landmark deal signed with Wyscout , QSL will use Wyscout 4 as the leagues official video scouting and player data software service. Qatar clubs will now gain access to the worlds largest football database, that currently covers over 50 countries worldwide with over 200,000 players. Mr. Ahmed Al-Harmi, the Chief of... UEFA Programme To Encourage Football Management Diversity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3410/title=uefa+programme+to+encourage+football+management+diversity UEFA have launched a pioneering programme to bring in more minorities to football management. Former France international Christian Karembeu is backing a programme aimed at encouraging more diversity in football management. UEFAs Captains of Change programme aims to foster and further develop diversity within football management, supporting change from within UEFA member associations and other UEFA partner organisations. UEFA President Michel Platini said: The Captains of Change... Spurs Executive Takes Up Club Presidency At MLS Atlanta http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3409/title=spurs+executive+takes+up+club+presidency+at+mls+atlanta MLS Atlanta has appointed Darren Eales as President of Major League Soccers 22 nd team. He will join the club later this year, following a transition period with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC). A former Ivy League Player of the Year, NSCAA All-America and U.S. professional soccer player, British-born Eales currently serves as executive director at THFC. In this role, he touched on all major aspects of soccer operations, including the clubs overall soccer strategy,... Celtic Scoop Top Award For Matchday Experience http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3408/title=celtic+scoop+top+award+for+matchday+experience Celtics innovative approach to enhancing the fans' matchday experience at Celtic Park has achieved further recognition from the European Club Association (ECA). The SPFL Champions secured a prestigious award for its Full Stadium WiFi Connectivity of Celtic Park, recognised through the presentation of the ECAs Best Achievement in Marketing Award. Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, was in attendance at the ECA General Assembly to pick up the award on behalf of Celtic and the... Former Chelsea Star To Share Knowledge On Financial Fair Play http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3407/title=former+chelsea+star+to+share+knowledge+on+financial+fair+play+ Aleksei Smertin, Chelseas former Russian defensive midfielder, will make up the World Football Forum line up this November. He will be take part in the session on UEFAs Financial Fair Play Regulations to which he has gained deep knowledge of through his time working in top Russian clubs. Smertin had a glittering career as a player, achieving major honours at all the clubs, including Chelsea FC, Bordeaux , Lokomotiv Moscow and Dynamo Moscow. He was the captain of the Russian... Match-Fixing A Global Problem Warn Experts http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3406/title=match-fixing+a+global+problem+warn+experts The staggering extent of the scourge of global match-fixing was revealed on the final morning of Soccerex. Between 60 and 80 countries have reported allegations of match-fixing for each of the last three years, the head of the Interpol-FIFA initiative set up to fight the crime said. It is a global problem and it is showing no signs of abating, said John Abbott to an audience at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester. "We have evidence of organised crime groups in China,... Manchester United Post Record Revenues http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3405/title=manchester+united+post+record+revenues Manchester United have posted record annual revenue of 433 million but has warned that this is likely to fall in 2015. Failure to secure Champions League qualification after a disastrous 2013/14 Premier League campaign in which they finished seventh under David Moyes' stewardship is likely to have a huge impact on the club's revenues next year. The financial results for the year ending June 30th 2014, published today show that commercial revenues topped 189.3 million, an increase... Jeffrey Webb Calls For Complete Overhaul Of FIFA http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3404/title=jeffrey+webb+calls+for+complete+overhaul+of+fifa CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has called for a complete overhaul of FIFA to reflect the changing face of the game. Webb, a FIFA vice-president whose confederation covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that FIFA had to do far more to repair its tarnished following one scandal after another. He said he had no aspirations to challenge Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA after the veteran present incumbent said on Monday he would... FIFA Vice-President Calls For Term Limits http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3403/title=fifa+vice-president+calls+for+term+limits FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan says he is in favour of term limits for senior employees even though the concept was rejected at Junes FIFA Congress in Sao Paolo. Prince Ali, of the most committed reformists in the game, was born in 1975, the same year Sepp Blatter joined Fifa. Blatter announced on Monday he was definitely standing for a fifth term of office next year despite having been president for 16 years. The veteran Swiss is fiercely opposed to both age and... Aeroflot and Manchester United Celebrate Global Partnership Anniversary http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3402/title=aeroflot+and+manchester+united+celebrate+global+partnership+anniversary Aeroflot, the Russian airline, is today celebrating its one year anniversary as the Official Carrier of Manchester United Football Club. The airline is marking this milestone with an augmented reality pop-up experience at Heathrow Airport. To kick off the anniversary celebration, Bryan Robson, Manchester United legend and Global Ambassador, was in attendance to meet fans, award prizes and talk about the partnership between the two brands. Bryan Robson, Manchester... Blatter Confirms Standing For Fifa Presidency http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3401/title=blatter+confirms+standing+for+fifa+presidency So now we know for definite. Europe, in the shape of Uefa, may not like it but Sepp Blatter will be standing for a fifth term as Fifa president next May. Confirming the most open secret in football politics, Blatter told delegates at Soccerex that will formally make his announcement at the Fifa executive committee later this month. The 78-year-old Swiss had to postpone his actual appearance at Soccerex because of a series of high-profile meetings back at Fifa hq, not least the first session of...