FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Sunderland Welcomes African Leaders To SoL http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3307/title=sunderland+welcomes+african+leaders+to+sol Sunderlands Stadium of Light played host to a government minister and key international development leaders from across Africa, as part of an international project to promote business between the North of England and the African continent. Last night the Stadium of Light welcomed Foreign and Commonwealth Minister, Mark Simmonds and his key staff, who were joined by the UKs Deputy High Commissioner for Nigeria, the High Commissioner for Tanzania and representatives from the Ghana... FIFA Confirm Blatter To Open Soccerex Global Convention http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3306/title=fifa+confirm+blatter+to+open+soccerex+global+convention Soccerex are delighted to confirm that FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will be opening the Soccerex Global Convention 2014 - Manchester, 6 10 September. President Blatter, the head of world footballs governing body, will deliver a formal address to Soccerex delegates, before doing a one-to-one interview with Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail where he will be addressing the latest issues affecting the global game and looking back on a fantastic FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This will be... MPs Celebrities Support Street League Tournament http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3305/title=mps++celebrities+support+street+league+tournament Two teams of MPs and celebrities came together to show their support for Street League in a mini football tournament in central London. Comedian and rapper Doc Brown was joined by team-mates from Soccer AM, BT Sport and popular football website The Football Ramble in the tournament which was sponsored by one of Street Leagues supporters, national plant and equipment hirer Hewden, and also featured a team from the official All Parliamentary Football Club. Street League , the... Scottish FA Pays Tribute To Medical Advisor http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3304/title=scottish+fa+pays+tribute+to+medical+advisor The Scottish FA today paid tribute to Professor Stewart Hillis OBE, who died last night after a short illness. Professor Hillis, Scottish FA medical advisor and Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular and Exercise Medicine at Glasgow University, was involved with the Association for almost 40 years. In that time, he was involved in an unprecedented 228 A squad matches, and was among the longest serving medics in international football. He has also served with disctinction as vice-chairman of the... Viewers Head Online To Relive World Cup Action http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3303/title=viewers+head+online+to+relive+world+cup+action Video hosting platform vzaar reports 67% of video views came from sports video during the football tournament. According to vzaar, sports video proved the most popular form of video content during the World Cup period, with its client Futbol Sites taking the lions share of views. During the World Cup we had a 300% growth in our video views in comparison to previous months. With vzaars support we were able to capitalise on all of that growth with pre-roll video advertising in... Arsène Wenger Opens Boreham Wood FC’s New West Stand http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3302/title=ars%E8ne+wenger+opens+boreham+wood+fc%92s+new+west+stand Arsne Wenger opened Boreham Wood FCs new West Stand at their Meadow Park ground, prior to Arsenals pre-season friendly win at the Hertfordshire club on Saturday. The new stand was made possible thanks to a Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) grant of 241,000, and replaces the previous West Stand which was constructed in the early 1970s. Arsenal and Boreham Wood FC share a longstanding relationship with Arsenal Ladies using the ground for FA Womens... West Cities Join Forces To Talk Sport Business http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3301/title=west+cities+join+forces+to+talk+sport+business A host of top sports experts from across the world headed to Liverpool and Manchester this week to debate sport business and the impact it can have on cities, brands and communities. The International Sport Business Congress, part of the International Festival for Business, brought together experts from a cross-section of sports including football, basketball and rugby. Keynote speakers included Manchester City Council Chief Executive, Sir Howard Bernstein who talked about the importance of... Manchester United COO Joins Inter Milan http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3300/title=manchester+united+coo+joins+inter+milan FC Internazionale Milano President, Erick Thohir has announced the appointment of Michael Bolingbroke as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Club. 48 year old Bolingbroke will join Inter in August after having completed his stint as Chief Operating Officer for the Premier League side Manchester United. "I am very excited to bring a leader of Michael's expertise and stature to our club," said Inter President Thohir. "Michael has my complete faith, trust and confidence. He is the perfect person... Children’s Football Week Celebrates Game’s Simplicity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3299/title=+children%92s+football+week+celebrates+game%92s+simplicity English football may be a billion pound industry but many children in its major cities who have been inspired by the recent World Cup still struggle to find somewhere to play. The only grass pitch in the London borough of Islington is the Emirates Stadium, which has prompted the National Childrens Football Alliance (NCFA) to stage an event for 20 children from four north London estates during its National Childrens Football Week, which runs from July 19 to 27. Hosted by Powerleague... Newcastle Mourn Loss of Two Fans On Flight MH17 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3298/title=newcastle+mourn+loss+of+two+fans+on+flight+mh17 Two Newcastle United fans travelling to New Zealand for the clubs pre-season tour have been named amongst the 298 killed on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 which crashed over the Ukraine on Thursday. A statement released by the club paid tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, two of the clubs most loyal fans. "It is with great sadness that we learn today the tragic news of the deaths of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, two of the Club's most loyal supporters, who lost their lives on... Kick It Out Announce Grassroots Community ‘Season of Action’ http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3297/title=kick+it+out+announce+grassroots+community+%91season+of+action%92 Kick It Out will be shining a spotlight on grassroots and community activity during its second successive Season of Action which runs from August 2014 to May 2015 . The Season of Action format introduced last season to recognise Kick It Outs 20 year anniversary has replaced the traditional weeks of action which used to fall in October. The season-long drive provides a greater opportunity for Kick It Out to display the work it... 12BET Becomes Official Shirt Sponsor of Hull City http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3296/title=12bet+becomes+official+shirt+sponsor+of+hull+city 12BET, the global sports betting brand, have confirmed their two-year sponsorship of Hull City Tigers. The sponsorship is the largest in the clubs 110-year history and will run until the end of the 2015/2016 season. The 12BET logo will feature on the front of the clubs shirt as they compete in the Barclays Premier League and embark on their first ever campaign in a European competition after qualifying for this seasons UEFA Europa League via the FA Cup last season. Having... City Establish Global Football Partnership With Nissan http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3295/title=city+establish+global+football+partnership+with+nissan Nissan Motor Co. and City Football Group (CFG) today unveiled a global partnership which will see the Japanese car manufacturer become the Official Automotive Partner of City Football Group. The 5 year deal represents a first for CFG, with Nissan becoming the first global partner of the football network, an organisation including Nissan majority owned Yokohama FMarinos alongside Barclays Premier League Champions, Manchester City FC, Manchester City Womens FC, New York City FC, and... England Reach (Social) World Cup Semi Final http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3294/title=england+reach+%28social%29+world+cup+semi+final+ England would have reached the World Cup semi-finals in Brazil and the tournament would have been won by Mexico if the competition was based on social media audiences, according to programmatic advertising experts, RadiumOne UK. Mexico and Brazil were the big winners in the Social Score in terms of volume. Despite Mexico leaving the tournament to two late goals in the Second Round and Brazil collapsing in the semi-finals, both teams added over two million followers during the tournament. This... North West Cities Set to Welcome More International Sportspeople http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3293/title=north+west+cities+set+to+welcome+more+international+sportspeople As the British Open Golf Championship gets into full swing on Merseyside, there will be a host of other high-profile sports experts arriving in Liverpool and Manchester. The International Sport Business Congress, part of the International Festival for Business, takes place on Thursday, July 17, at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool and Friday, July 18 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Taking place as part of this years major UK business festival in Liverpool, the Congress focuses on... Basingstoke Town FC Joins Forces With Soccer AM http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3292/title=basingstoke+town+fc+joins+forces+with+soccer+am Basingstoke Town Football Club have struck a unique partnership with Sky Sports Saturday morning show, Soccer AM. The show will be throwing their support behind Basingstoke Town FC with the Camrose Stadium to be renamed the Soccer AM Stadium as part of the partnership with the club featuring regularly on the show. We are delighted to be teaming up with Soccer AM, said Basingstoke Town Football Clubs head of marketing, Simon Hood. The show is watched by... MUTV Relaunched In High Definition http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3291/title=mutv+relaunched+in+high+definition MUTV, Manchester Uniteds in-house TV channel, is today celebrating a landmark moment as it starts transmitting in High Definition (HD) for the first time. As part of the launch, which has seen the channel undergo a full brand refresh, supporters will have the exclusive opportunity to watch every one of Louis Van Gaals first four games in charge in HD during Tour 2014, presented by Aon in the United States. To cater for the new format, the Club has invested significantly in new... Arsenal Renew Media Rights Content Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3290/title=arsenal+renew+media+rights++content+partnership MP Silva (MPS), the leading international sports media company, and Arsenal Broadband Limited (ABL), the digital arm of Barclays Premier League club Arsenal FC , have agreed an extension to their existing six year deal, which will now run through until 2018/19. Under the new deal, MP Silva will continue to distribute the clubs International Programming Block (The Arsenal Media Channel) and remains the clubs strategic media advisor. The new deal follows on from the... Manchester City Link Up With Council University http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3289/title=manchester+city+link+up+with+council++university Manchester City have linked up with two Manchester institutions to announce a 10 year partnership designed to enhance the sporting and educational legacy in the city. Manchester City FC (MCFC), Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Manchester City Council (MCC) will work together for the next decade across a variety of programmes. The wide ranging partnership will allow the organisations to share expertise in education, CSR, community relations, commercial knowledge and infrastructure... adidas Snap Up United For £750m http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3288/title=adidas+snap+up+united+for+%A3750m adidas have signed a world record kit deal with Manchester United which will see the brand become the global Technical Sponsor and Official Licensing Partner of Manchester United for the next ten years. The deal which begins 2015/16 season is worth a staggering 750m over the period of the deal and significantly more than Nikes current annual deal of 23m. Nike, who will continue as the clubs technical partner for the forth coming season, walked away from negotiations... #allin wins hashtag World Cup http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3287/title=%23allin+wins+hashtag+world+cup adidas was celebrating double World Cup success after its #allin campaign was tweeted over one million times throughout tournament. As well as being the kit manufacturer of winners Germany, research undertaken by multi-channel marketing agency Threepipe has shown that adidas leads the way in terms of FIFA World Cup Twitter hashtag campaigns. The brands #allin campaign was tweeted over one million times throughout the tournament, with rival Nikes #riskeverything hashtag being... BT Sport Gives Backing To Supporters Summit http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3286/title=bt+sport+gives+backing+to+supporters+summit The Supporters Summit, a joint event by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters Federation today announced BT Sport as the new Title Sponsor for the leading football fan event of the year at Wembley Stadium, London. The annual event invites supporters from clubs up and down the country from the Premier League to Non-League, to debate and discuss the issues that matter most in the game. Mark Bullock, Commercial Manager, Supporters Direct commented: "We are delighted to announce that BT... One Billion Fans Get Social With FIFA World Cup http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3285/title=one+billion+fans+get+social+with+fifa+world+cup+ Brazil 2014 has proved to be a social, mobile #WorldCup as more than a billion fans were able to #joinin across FIFAs official digital platforms. Attendance in the Global Stadium exceeded one billion users by the final whistle of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, meaning that FIFAs digital live and social hub could fit the equivalent of 13,380 Maracanas inside. FIFAs Global Stadium has been the social, online and mobile hub for the World Cup matches where fans could follow the games... Football Business Awards Deadline Approaching http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3284/title=football+business+awards+deadline+approaching Tomorrow (July 15th) marks the deadline for entries into November's Football Business Awards at Stamford Bridge. The third edition of the industry's awards looks set to be the biggest yet and we don't want you to miss out on your chance of entering. The Football Business Awards recognise the length of planning needed to create a winning application, so with the deadline looming they've created a ' Deadline Extension ' form for those who wish to take more care with their submission. More than... Karren Brady Set For Portsmouth FC Business Club Brunch http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3283/title=karren+brady+set+for+portsmouth+fc+business+club+brunch Karren Brady, West Ham Vice-Chairman, will be speaking at Portsmouth FCs Business Club Brunch meeting on Thursday, July 17 Fratton Park. The former Chief Executive of Birmingham City FC, and well-known TV personality, will attend the Pompey Business Club Brunch as part of her visit to Portsmouth as Conservative Party Small Business Ambassador, and is eager to view the work that the Football Club is doing in the business community. Express FM presenter Dan Windle will conduct an informal...