FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Michel Platini Announces FIFA Presidency Bid http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3977/title=michel+platini+announces+fifa+presidency+bid The President of UEFA, Michel Platini, has today announced his intention to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency. In a letter sent to the presidents and general secretaries of the 209 member associations of world football's governing body, he said: "This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future. I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me." Platini,... Saints Fans Read All About It http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3976/title=saints+fans+read+all+about+it+ Southampton Football Club fans will be able to read all about their teams exploits in the matchday magazine at this weeks sold-out UEFA Europa League fixture where the club will be handing them out to attending supporters free of charge. The Premier League club has waived the usual 4 cover price on SAINTS magazine the 84-page, A4-sized magazine it produces for every home fixture and will distribute it to 30,000 fans at St Marys on Thursday night at the... Aldershot Town Put Pen To Paper With EBB http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3975/title=aldershot+town+put+pen+to+paper+with+ebb Aldershot Town will once again play at the EBB Stadium this season after Elliott Baxter and Co Ltd signed a five-year contract for the naming rights of the Recreation Ground. Led by Chairman and lifelong Shots fan Tim Elliott, EBB previously sponsored the stadium from 2008 2013 and were the clubs shirt sponsors for several years, and now extend a relationship with football in Aldershot which began in 1985. Everybody knows the passion and commitment I have for this club and... Stoke City Extend Novus Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3974/title=stoke+city+extend+novus+partnership+ Novus Property Solutions have extended their association with Stoke City Football Club by signing a new two-year contract with the club as an Official Stand Naming Rights Partner. Novus, who were originally formed in Stoke and now employ more than 1,000 people nationwide, are to sponsor the iconic Boothen End at the Britannia Stadium for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons initially. Its the second lucrative sponsorship deal to be secured by the Potters in the past week, following on from the... FA Chief Executive Joins Football Foundation Board http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3973/title=fa+chief+executive+joins+football+foundation+board The Football Associations Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, has joined the Board of the Football Foundation as a Trustee. Mr Glenn replaces Jonathan Hall as one of The FAs two nominated Trustees on the seven-member Foundation Board after Mr Hall announced that he was stepping down following six years as a Trustee for the UKs largest sports charity. Gary Hoffman, Chairman of the Football Foundation , said: On behalf of the Foundation Board and all the Executive staff, I... Amazing Infographic Details The History Of British Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3972/title=amazing+infographic+details+the+history+of+british+football Theres no doubt about it, Football is the most popular spectator sport in Britain. In some cities, like Manchester and Liverpool, families are split in their allegiance to a specific team. Love it or hate it, the majority of people in Britain have some awareness of Football. Whether you fancy yourself as something of an expert, or youre just a novice, this cool infographic will provide you with some fun facts, with which to impress your friends. It takes you from the origins of the... Football coming home to Sheffield: Worlds oldest football club set for return to the city http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3971/title=football+coming+home+to+sheffield%3A+world%26%23039%3Bs+oldest+football+club+set+for+return+to+the+city Sheffield FC, the worlds first football club, is returning to the city at the Olive Grove Sports ground where the founders of Club developed the first set of rules and played their first games of football on the fields back in 1857. The move to where it all began, which spawned the modern game leading to 350,000 clubs, 300 million active players and 1.6 billion fans, has been supported by Sheffield City Council. The authority helped reached an agreement for the land to be used on a lease... Oxford United sign three-year partnership with Liontrust http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3969/title=oxford+united+sign+three-year+partnership+with+liontrust Oxford United have announced Liontrust Asset Management Plc as the clubs new Principal Partner for the next three seasons. As well as the company's logo featuring on both the home and away shirts, Liontrust will be supporting a wide range of community initiatives via the Oxford United Community Trust. Liontrust is a specialist fund management company that was launched in 1995 and manages money on behalf of private investors, professional investors and institutions. Liontrusts fund... Stoke City ‘deliver’ significant sponsorship deal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3968/title=stoke+city+%91deliver%92+significant+sponsorship+deal+ Stoke City have announced that DPD has strengthened its ties with the Club with a two-year Official Logistics and Platinum Partnership. DPD have been associated with the Club for a number of years but have doubled their annual investment to become sponsors of the DPD Stand for the next two seasons. DPD are a nationwide company with more than 4,500 vehicles based at almost 60 depots, including a multi-million pound distribution centre in Stoke which was officially opened earlier this year by... Global Football Industry vote for Prince Ali to be the next FIFA president http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3967/title=global+football+industry+vote+for+prince+ali+to+be+the+next+fifa+president HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has come up on top in a recent Soccerex poll asking the football industry who they think should be the next President of FIFA. Conducted on Soccerex's website over a seven day period building up to Monday's extraordinary congress, the poll was targeted at Soccerex's football business audience and was promoted via email to over 30,000 contacts worldwide and pushed through social media platforms to a further 20,000 followers. Prince Ali had the majority with 29.66%... The Growth of Online Sports Betting http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3966/title=the+growth+of+online+sports+betting Betting on sports is nothing new. In fact, back in the 19 th and early 20 th century, sports betting was common, with horse racing the most popular avenue. From boxing to soccer, every sport under the sun is now bet on, with people making millions by chancing their luck in backing a competitor to win with their hard-earned money on the line. Sports betting has truly evolved from its primeval era. The advent and subsequently proliferation of the internet saw this form of gambling... Sky Sports wins Premier League near-live clip rights http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3965/title=sky+sports+wins+premier+league+near-live+clip+rights Sky Sports has further strengthened its position as the home of the Premier League by winning the rights to show clips from every Premier League game across its digital platforms. The three-year agreement starting from the 2016-17 season will see clips from every Premier League match being made available to both mobile and online users, with packages that will include in-match content and highlights. As part of the deal, Sky Sports has entered into an exclusive distribution partnership with News... Channel 5 announces presenters for Football League Tonight http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3964/title=channel+5+announces+presenters+for+football+league+tonight Channel 5 has announced the new faces of the Football League highlights show, Football League Tonight which launches on Saturday 8th August at 9pm. Kelly Cates and George Riley will be the new sports duo bringing you every goal from all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League from 9pm every Saturday of the season on Channel 5. Kelly Cates was part of the Sky Sports News launch team, went on to report on the 2010 FIFA World Cup for ITV, the London 2012 Paralympics for Channel 4 and now... The FA forms new senior management structure http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3963/title=the+fa+forms+new+senior+management+structure FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn has announced his new senior management team, to lead staff at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park. Glenn, newly installed as the FA's lead executive, has begun a restructure of the organisation that, along with further cost savings, will yield 30m more to invest directly into football year-on-year in areas of coaching and facilities. This reorganisation will enable The FA to focus on what they believe to be three priority areas for the sport, including... EA SPORTS Partners With Real Madrid as Official Videogame Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3962/title=ea+sports+partners+with+real+madrid+as+official+videogame+partner Electronic Arts Inc. and Real Madrid C.F. today announced that they have signed a three year partnership that will see EA SPORTS become the exclusive and official videogame partner of the club. Were honored to welcome Real Madrid as an official partner club and the opportunity to bring fans even closer to the team through unique experiences and authentic player likeness in the game, said Jamie McKinlay, Vice President of Marketing, EA SPORTS. Real Madrid is one... SPFL strikes deal to show games in China http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3961/title=spfl+strikes+deal+to+show+games+in+china Live Scottish football will be beamed on TV screens in China for the first time next season as part of a new three-year deal between the SPFL and international partners Letv Sports and MP Silva. The SPFL and Letv Sports, Chinas leading digital broadcast platform for sports, announced the exclusive partnership ahead of the upcoming season, which will also feature new title sponsor Ladbrokes. The deal, which marks the first time that Letv Sports will enjoy SPFL rights, will see games... FIFA Executive Committee sets presidential election for 26 February 2016 and fully supports roadmap... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3960/title=fifa+executive+committee+sets+presidential+election+for+26+february+2016+and+fully+supports+roadmap+for+reform Chaired by FIFA President Blatter, the Executive Committee today pushed for a range of important reforms to be submitted for decision to the upcoming extraordinary Congress, underlining FIFAs commitment to better governance and greater accountability. They also decided that this Congress will take place in Zurich on 26 February 2016, when a new FIFA President will be elected. The reform topics proposed include enhanced centralized integrity checks for Executive Committee members, the... Coco Joy and City Football Group Clubs announce global partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3959/title=coco+joy+and+city+football+group+clubs+announce+global+partnership City Football Group (CFG) today announces a global partnership between coconut brand, Coco Joy, part of the FAL Food Beverages range and three of CFGs clubs. The partnership will extend Coco Joys successful partnership with 2015 A-League semi-finalists Melbourne City FC, who have worked with the brand since 2014, to CFG sister clubs, Manchester City FC and New York City FC. The announcement comes as City play two games in Melbourne as part of their pre-season tour and follows... Marathonbet become the new betting partner of Liverpool FC http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3958/title=marathonbet+become+the+new+betting+partner+of+liverpool+fc Marathonbet have announced a new sponsorship deal to become the regional* betting partner of Liverpool FC. This is one of Marathonbets biggest sponsorship deals to date and the betting operator has vowed to bring more value to Liverpool fans through a combination of exclusive odds and special offers. Not wasting any time in living up to this, Marathonbet are kicking things off with a UK-specific sign up promotion that sees them offering enhanced odds of 10/1 on Liverpool to finish in the... TopTix Sport review a successful first season’s ticketing partnership with Derby County Football... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3957/title=toptix+sport+review+a+successful+first+season%92s+ticketing+partnership+with+derby+county+football+club TopTix Sport was delighted to be selected as Derby County Football Clubs official ticketing supplier back in April 2014. Following the completion of the first season, it is clear the TopTix SRO4 Ticketing and customer profiling suite of software has delivered real benefits to the club inside the first year of the partnership. The club play at the 33,000 all seated iPro Stadium and selected TopTix Sport after a detailed tender review process during the early part of 2014. TopTixs... Sunderland Odds-On With Betfair Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3956/title=sunderland+odds-on+with+betfair+partnership Sunderland AFC has announced a new partnership with Betfair who become the clubs official UK Betting Partner. The relationship will see Betfair use the clubs platforms to connect with fans in the UK and will appear on the clubs LED screens and interview backdrops. Speaking about the new partnership, Sunderland AFCs commercial director Gary Hutchinson, said: "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Betfair to the Sunderland family. It is the fourth addition to the... UEFA President Gives Best Player Lowdown http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3955/title=uefa+president+gives+best+player+lowdown UEFA President, Michel Platini explains the process behind the Best Player(s) in Europe Awards as well as giving his opinion on matters away from the field. How do you view the Best Player award and the past season? It was important that we had a European prize and it was nice to be linked with ESM, because you [represent] journalists from all over Europe, and come together to vote on the best players. I wanted it to be a real vote - so thank you to ESM for organising this. I think it's a nice... Wycombe Wanderers Appoint New Head Of Commercial Activities http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3954/title=wycombe+wanderers+appoint+new+head+of+commercial+activities Wycombe Wanderers have appointed Damian Irvine as the new Head of Commercial Activities of the football club. Damian will take overall responsibility for all sales, ticketing, sponsorship and hospitality opportunities, working with the existing commercial team to help generate revenue by building and maintaining relationships with supporters, partners and sponsors. The Australian achieved great success in his homeland in both sporting and non-sporting environments before arriving in the UK to... Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein Confirmed For Soccerex http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3953/title=prince+ali+bin+al+hussein+confirmed+for+soccerex Soccerex have announced that HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein has confirmed he will be giving an exclusive interview as part of the Soccerex Global Convention 2015, 7-9 September, Manchester. Following the dramatic events in Zurich in May, which culminated in FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter declaring his decision to lay down his mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress, between December 2015 and February 2016, footballs governing body is set to vote on a new leader. Prince Alis... North West Football Awards Open For Nominations http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3952/title=north+west+football+awards+open+for+nominations With many of the North Wests footballers heading back from the beach and gearing up for the season ahead, members of the MBNA Northwest Football Awards family have spent the summer contributing to the greatest game away from the pitch. Following the stunning launch of the 2015 MBNA Northwest Football Awards at Hotel Football, Old Trafford, nominations are now open for a host of prestigious categories that mean as much to the winners as do the playing awards to thousands of North West...