FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Shrewsbury Town’s Safe Standing Crowdfunding Campaign Success http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5197/title=shrewsbury+town%92s+safe+standing+crowdfunding+campaign+success In an historic achievement, Shrewsbury Town Football Club are one step closer to being the first club in England and Wales to introduce safe standing at their Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium, following the successful completion of their crowdfunding campaign thanks to a considerable contribution from FansBet. FansBet, whose ambassador is former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, said of their contribution to the campaign We know exactly how important the issue of safe standing is to fans... Mike Ashley Puts Newcastle United Up For Sale http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5196/title=mike+ashley+puts+newcastle+united+up+for+sale Mike Ashley has formally announced his intention to sell Newcastle United. In a statement released on Monday evening, it was announced that owner Mike Ashley was looking to sell the club by Christmas bring to an end his 10 year reign of the club. The statement read: As a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United, the owner of the club, St. James Holdings Limited, wishes to clarify its intentions. As one of the Premier League's oldest and best... Average Premier League Ticket Costs £32 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5195/title=average+premier+league+ticket+costs+%A332++ The average price of watching a Premier League match costs 32 according to research released today. The Premier League, working with professional services company EY, has conducted in-depth research into club ticket prices for the 2017/18 season. The research shows that the average ticket price across the League is 32 but also found more than half (54%) of all attending fans are paying 30 or less per match. The research is the most comprehensive analysis available regarding... Fuel for Winning? The secret ingredient to catering for sports teams http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5194/title=fuel+for+winning%3F+the+secret+ingredient+to+catering+for+sports+teams When asked about diet and nutrition services ready for the 17/18 football season, the answer is easy. There has never been a more exciting time, or a time when the diet and nutrition world, have so much to offer players. Matt Lawson, Sports Dietitian Many commentators rightly debate and discuss the evidence for and against certain types of diet depending on the goals that need to be achieved. Nutrition is fast becoming the number one issue for sports teams; how do they optimise... Paok Host Greece’s First Football Business Conference http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5193/title=paok+host+greece%92s+first+football+business+conference+ Greek Super League side Paok FC took the pioneering step of hosting the very first Football Business Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece yesterday (11 October). Over 200 executives from across Greece and Europe gathered at the water front setting of the Macedonia Palace Hotel , to hear from guest speakers which included Swansea City, PSV Eindhoven and executives from the Hellenic Football Federation and Greek Super League. The conference titled Return on Investment in Football saw... FC Barcelona to become world’s top earning sports club http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5192/title=fc+barcelona+to+become+world%92s+top+earning+sports+club FC Barcelona announced on Wednesday the financial reports that it will present at the Clubs Ordinary General Assembly on 21 October, when it will share the annual report with member delegates and seek their approval of the budget forecast and non-budgeted items. The Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Enric Tombas, detailed the Clubs financial reports from the 2016/17 fiscal year, which ended on 30 June with revenues of 708m. The FC Barcelona CEO, scar Grau, detailed... Yaya Toure announces support for Football People action weeks http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5191/title=yaya+toure+announces+support+for+football+people+action+weeks Yaya Toure has announced his support for the Fare Network's Football People action weeks after claiming "nothing has been really taken care of" when it comes to ending racism and discrimination in football. Toure was speaking in a short film produced to support the action weeks, which run until October 19 and will see more than 100,000 people across 50 countries participate in events aimed at tackling discrimination through football. Over the past three seasons, Fare's monitoring systems ... Nilox become Inters Electric Mobility Official Partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5190/title=nilox+become+inter%26%23039%3Bs+electric+mobility+official+partner FC Internazionale Milano and the Italian outdoor sports technology brand Nilox announce that a partnership has been signed for the 2017-18 season. Nilox are the first Electric Mobility Official Partner in the clubs history. The new partnership will see Nilox represented in LED lights pitchside and on the big screens at the Stadio San Siro. They will also have an online presence on the clubs official site along with other activities. Furthermore, products from the DOC line... World’s biggest sports and cultural events join speaker line up for Host City 2017 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5189/title=world%92s+biggest+sports+and+cultural+events+join+speaker+line+up+for+host+city+2017 The worlds most innovative event owners, organisers and hosts continue to join the speaker line-up for Host City 2017 in Glasgow on 28 and 29 November. New speakers at Host City include leaders of IOC; Tokyo 2020; Pyeongchang 2018; new Olympic sports; Cirque du Soleil; Glasgow 2018, a major festival organiser and leading experts in event infrastructure and technology. They will be discussing who benefits from investments in major events and the big issues influencing hosting decisions,... Carolyn Radford interview: Mansfield Town CEO on raising the bar and rising above http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5188/title=carolyn+radford+interview%3A+mansfield+town+ceo+on+raising+the+bar+and+rising+above Over six years since she assumed the role of CEO at Mansfield Town, Carolyn Radford remains at a now-progressive club currently perched just outside the League Two playoffs, alongside her husband, the hometown owner, John Radford. Taking on the job at just 29 years old, she has talked of adding business expertise to what the fans and volunteers built at the Stags. In this interview, she speaks on the issues highlighted after England Women manager Mark Sampsons recent dismissal from The FA... Luís Figo joins UEFA as Football Advisor http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5187/title=lu%EDs+figo+joins+uefa+as+football+advisor Lus Figo will bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to UEFA as he joins the organisation as a football advisor. The Portuguese icon will bring his knowledge and expertise to UEFA As a player, he was a global superstar who won a multitude of titles and awards during an illustrious career that spanned almost two decades. Now, Lus Figo is bringing his wealth of knowledge and expertise to UEFA as he joins the organisation as a football advisor. The former UEFA Champions League... UEFA unveils Nations League format to start in September 2018 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5186/title=uefa+unveils+nations+league+format+to+start+in+september+2018 Following the conclusion of this weeks European Qualifiers group stage matches, UEFA has today confirmed the composition of the four leagues for the UEFA Nations League 2018-19. The format of this new national team competition features promotion and relegation and sees the 55 European national teams divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFAs national association coefficient rankings. The UEFA Nations League will be played in four leagues A to D, with League A containing the... Birmingham City announce Cure Leukaemia as charity partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5185/title=birmingham+city+announce+cure+leukaemia+as+charity+partner Birmingham City Football Club have confirmed Cure Leukaemia as their charity partner for the 2017/18 season. The partnership was announced at Glynn Purnells Friday Night Kitchen at the VOX. Purnell, a lifelong Blues fan and Cure Leukaemia Trustee, was thrilled that the Club are supporting the charity. He said: "As a proud Brummie and Bluenose, I think that it is fantastic that Birmingham City will be supporting Cure Leukaemia. "The work of the charity is having an impact on a global scale... Arsenal welcomes KONAMI as official partner http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5184/title=arsenal+welcomes+konami+as+official+partner We are pleased to announce that Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. (KONAMI) have become an official partner of the club. The agreement builds on the success of last years in-game license agreement between the club and KONAMI that saw players featuring in the PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) series and other KONAMI football titles. As an official partner of the club, KONAMI will now enjoy greater access to the first-team squad and Emirates Stadium. KONAMI will also have extensive licensing and... Tottenham Hotspur puts fans in the spotlight for new retail campaign http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5183/title=tottenham+hotspur+puts+fans+in+the+spotlight+for+new+retail+campaign Tottenham Hotspur has put fans at the forefront of its digital campaign We The 12th to launch the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection of Tottenham Hotspur merchandise. The unique campaign aims to capture the true spirit of the everyday Spurs fan, whether six months old or 90 years young, encapsulating what the Club means to them and acknowledging fans as the twelfth member of the team. Fans were invited by the Club via social media to be part of a unique opportunity to front the... Brighton and Hove Albion chef voted Best in Class http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5182/title=brighton+and+hove+albion+chef+voted+best+in+class Hrvoje Loncoravic, head chef at the American Express Community Stadium home to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club - has been voted Best in Class at the Sodexo 2017 Salon Culinaire. Held annually by Sodexo, Salon Culinaire sees 700 chefs compete head to head in a range of live and static cooking contests. A Sodexo Chef of the Year finalist earlier this year, the Salon was Hrvojes 17 th national and international competition and it was his skill in the Sodexo Fish Challenge that... Liverpool Set To Unveil Kenny Dalglish Stand http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5181/title=liverpool+set+to+unveil+kenny+dalglish+stand Liverpool FC is set to mark the official unveiling of the Kenny Dalglish Stand to fans at the Manchester United fixture on Saturday 14 th October, with a host of celebratory activity planned. Earlier this year the Club announced that Anfield's Centenary Stand would be renamed the Kenny Dalglish Stand to commemorate Kennys immeasurable contribution to the club both on and off the field. Work on branding the Kenny Dalglish Stand is well underway, with the installation of illuminated signage... Football People action weeks to tackle discrimination in 50 countries http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5180/title=%26%23039%3Bfootball+people%26%23039%3B+action+weeks+to+tackle+discrimination+in+50+countries Some of footballs biggest names will join a movement of over 100,000 people for the Football People action weeks, the biggest social change campaign in European sport, to stand together against discrimination and for inclusion, from 5 to 19 October. During the two weeks, around 2,000 activities will take place in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, driving social inclusion and education. A new video has been launched to support the action weeks . Please watch it here and share on... Everton Players Star In Forex Advert http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5179/title=everton+players+star+in+forex+advert Evertons Official Forex and Brokerage Partner Blackwell Global has today launched its first ever television advertising campaign, showing a series of the Clubs players trying their hand at online trading. Airing globally on the Bloomberg network, the #BluesChallenge Demo Trading Competition television adverts will encourage traders of all levels to challenge the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Morgan Schneiderlin, Yannick Bolasie, Phil Jagielka and Leighton... Premier League clubs must sell over 2 million tickets to earn back total transfer spend this season http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5178/title=premier+league+clubs+must+sell+over+2+million+tickets+to+earn+back+total+transfer+spend+this+season Each year, the summer transfer window is the most highly awaited time of year for football fans, and clubs alike. It's an opportunity to sign top-quality players to heighten the club's chances of finishing at the top of the table and even securing a Champions League spot. Ticketgum.com , a football ticket company, sought to find out how much of the money each team spent in the 2017/18 summer transfer window, and work out how many tickets would need to be sold for each club to earn back their... Jose Mourinho has road in Portugal named after him http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5177/title=jose+mourinho+has+road+in+portugal+named+after+him Jose Mourinho has received a special honour after a road in his native Portugal has been named after him. The United manager attended a ceremony in his hometown of Setubal on Tuesday for the grand unveiling, as the local authority renamed the former Rua da Saude road on the seafront as 'Avenida Jose Mourinho' in recognition of his achievements in football. Afterwards, Mourinho spoke of his immense pride and the love he has for the town on the Portuguese coast. "If you ask me, if I'm grateful,... AS Roma team up with Hugo Boss http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5175/title=as+roma+team+up+with+hugo+boss AS Roma has confirmed that German fashion house HUGO BOSS has become the clubs official fashion partner. The two organisations have agreed a two-year partnership, which will see HUGO BOSS outfit the clubs players, coaches, management and technical staff with formal suits and a range of casual-wear looks. The squad will wear BOSS at all official club events during the 2017-18 Serie A campaign, including in European competitions. HUGO BOSS shares the same characteristics of charisma,... Kate Tinsley nominated for The Football Association Board http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5174/title=kate+tinsley+nominated+for+the+football+association+board Kate Tinsley has been nominated to join The Football Association Board and The FA Council as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Kate is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Buildbase Group, a division of Grafton Group PLC with management responsibility in both the UK and Belgium. Prior to this Kate has served in senior finance roles at Saint Gobain, BSS PLC and Grafton Group PLC before moving into general management. As an FA qualified coach Kate is passionate about football and... Derby County launch the RamsTV official club app with InCrowd http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5173/title=derby+county+launch+the+ramstv+official+club+app+with+incrowd Derby County is launching its new RamsTV app in partnership with InCrowd and is available to download on the Apple Store or Google Play Store . The new official Rams app represents a new two-way channel allowing fans to form a deeper connection with the club that they love. Supporters will be able to access official club content throughout the week as well as on matchday no matter where they are such as Latest News: Fans can stay up to date with all the latest breaking news RamsTV: With... Fans pay less for Premier League football shirts out of Europes top five leagues http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=5172/title=fans+pay+less+for+premier+league+football+shirts+out+of+europe%26%23039%3Bs+top+five+leagues With football clubs strengthening their teams over the summer as transfer window closed, the Premier League season has begun with a bang. Both Manchester clubs have already climbed to the top of the table, each demonstrating their strong ambitions to be crowned champions for the season. Whilst there will no doubt be many pivotal twist and turns for each club, one reoccurring issue that arises every season is the general cost of football for fans. TicketGum.com decided to...