FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News FA Approves Waltham Forest Company Limited Status Transfer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3501/title=fa+approves+waltham+forest+company+limited+status+transfer The Football Association has approved the transfer of Waltham Forest FC as a Company Limited by guarantee to a Company Limited by shares. This decision gives the club the opportunity to attract investment from a wider range of backers. The new Company will be known as Waltham Forest AFC Ltd (Company number 9132463) and the Chairman is Houssein Houssein. The chairman of the previous company, Turgut Esendagli, will remain as a major shareholder and most of the directors have joined the new company... Ronaldo Surpasses 100 Million Facebook Fan Mark http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3500/title=ronaldo+surpasses+100+million+facebook+fan+mark Cristiano Ronaldo, named as the most marketable football player in the world by Repucom in May this year, has extended that claim by reaching 100 million Facebook fans. He becomes the first athlete to break the 100 million mark in terms of Facebook fans and of the top ten highest ranking sports clubs, leagues, tournaments, franchises and players on Facebook, Ronaldo tops the lot, with over 23 million more fans than second placed, FC Barcelona which has 76.8 million fans. Ronaldo is... Arsenal Launch Chinese Online Store http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3499/title=arsenal+launch+chinese+online+store Arsenal Football Club have opened a new official e-commerce store for supporters in China on the TMALL platform. The store, which is in simplified Chinese, will be Arsenals official e-commerce store in the country. Following the clubs first Asian tour in 2011 and yearly official visits to China since, the clubs fanbase has grown significantly with more than four million fans engaging on Arsenals Chinese digital platforms, including Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo and... Labour Proposes Radical Shake-up Of Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3498/title=labour+proposes+radical+shake-up+of+football Labour have announced plans for a radical shake-up of football that could see fans given a place in the boardroom. Under the plans unveiled today Labour would look to give football fans a voice in every boardroom and the opportunity to buy a significant slice of the shares when the ownership of their club changes. Clive Efford MP, Labours Shadow Sports Minister, launched the proposals for the biggest legislative shake-up in the governance of English and Welsh football clubs since the... Saints Extend Verteda Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3497/title=saints+extend+verteda+partnership Southampton FC extends its Verteda hospitality and venue management solution with unique queue-busting smartphone app. Premier League club Southampton Football Club (Saints) is implementing Qjacker from Verteda Ltd (formerly Agilysys (Europe) Ltd) at St Marys Stadium, enabling fans to pre-order food and refreshments from their smartphone or desktop - and so avoid queues at concession stands in public concourse areas. Southampton FC originally chose Verteda as a strategic... Manchester United Footballs Biggest Spenders http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3496/title=manchester+united+football%26%23039%3Bs+biggest+spenders+ There's no more hectic, crazy, and exciting time during the football season than the summer transfer window, especially in the final couple of weeks as clubs scramble to sign new players. Within a couple of months the whole madness will start again when the winter transfer window opens in January - so let's remind ourselves of the biggest spending clubs in European football so far this season; the teams who splashed the most cash on players at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign, according to... Ronaldinho’s Querétaro FC Sign Up For Soccerex Americas Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3495/title=ronaldinho%92s+quer%E9taro+fc+sign+up+for+soccerex+americas+forum Arturo Villanueva, Vice President of Quertaro Futbol Club, the club that recently signed the masterful talents of Ronaldinho, has confirmed his participation at this months Soccerex Americas Forum, 21-22 October, taking place at the renowned Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados. Villanueva will be joining Philadelphia Union founder, CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz in leading a debate titled The Game of Opportunity that will focus on the trials and... St James Park Listed An Asset of Community Value http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3494/title=st+james%26%23039%3B+park+listed+an+asset+of+community+value St James Park has been listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) after an application from the clubs supporters trust was accepted. Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST), who made the application, have today confirmed that St. James Park will be protected under the Localism Act 2011 and joins the likes of Manchester Uniteds Old Trafford and Liverpools Anfield Stadium which have also been listed,. A statement released by the trust read,... Sunderland Expands Its Commercial Team http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3493/title=sunderland+expands+its+commercial+team Sunderlands latest signing is all set to help the club reach further success both on and off the pitch. Matt Smith, 36, has been appointed Assistant Commercial Director at Sunderland AFC and will be working towards developing new sponsorship and partnership opportunities. Matt took up his first job at Rangers FC in Glasgow before working his way up through a variety of roles, finally being appointed Sponsorship Manager which involved dealing with top brands such as Carling, T... Cost Of Watching Football Busts Rate Of Inflation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3492/title=cost+of+watching+football+busts+rate+of+inflation The average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011. According to the latest figures compiled in the BBC Sport Price of Football study the average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time. In the Premier League, the cost of the cheapest matchday ticket increased by 15.8%. Of the Premier League... Financial Fair Play Hailed A Success But More Work Needed http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3491/title=financial+fair+play+hailed+a+success+but+more+work+needed UEFAs Financial Fair Play regulations have received the support of key European football stakeholders during a roundtable discussion in Nyon on Monday. The meeting, hosted by UEFA President Michel Platini, was part of a collaborative and consultative process to discuss the evolution of the regulations. Its believed that the financial regulation have been successful in helping clubs to live within their means, in reducing reckless spending and have been universally accepted, but... Andy Walker To Join England PR Team http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3490/title=andy+walker+to+join+england+pr+team The FA has appointed Andy Walker as the new senior communications manager for the England mens team. Walker joins The FAs communications division from Birmingham City FC where he held the post of head of media and communications. During his time at Birmingham, Walker has overseen media demands around the club's 2011 Carling Cup triumph, the Barclays Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship, the UEFA Europa League and two successive UEFA Women's Champions League campaigns. He is a... Sir Bobby Charlton Hosts Fundraising Dinner For ‘Find A Better Way’ Charity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3489/title=sir+bobby+charlton+hosts+fundraising+dinner+for+%91find+a+better+way%92+charity Manchester Busby Babe and England Legend calls for new supporters to join gala dinner for the unveiling of latest humanitarian plans for his charity 'Find a Better Way'. Manchester United and England football star, Sir Bobby Charlton, will be joined by hundreds of guests on Thursday 23rd October at The Rosewood, London for a star studded fundraising gala dinner to support new ground-breaking research plans to be announced by his Knutsford based landmine charity, Find A Better Way. Launched in... Shrewsbury Town Install Extra Seating For Chelsea Game http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3488/title=shrewsbury+town+install+extra+seating+for+chelsea+game Shrewsbury Town have announced that for the first time at the Greenhous Meadow there will be additional seating for a football match. Capital One have kindly agreed to cover the costs of the stands which will be known as the Capital One South East Stand and the Capital One South West stand. Arena Seating will be responsible for the installation of stands and installation will begin on Friday 24th October. Demand for tickets for the Capital One Cup game at home to Chelsea has been intense and the... Premier League Clubs Tackle Player Development at Soccerex Americas Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3487/title=premier+league+clubs+tackle+player+development+at+soccerex+americas+forum Soccerex is delighted to announce that a panel discussing how potential talent can be channelled into soccer across the continent will be hosting a presentation titled Changing Soccers Status Quo on the final afternoon of the Americas Forum, 21 st -22 nd October, that is taking place at the renowned Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados. The discussion will look at the way in which talented youngster across the continent can be channelled into soccer in a way that... Manchester hosts IAB as Paul Elliot joins FA Council http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3486/title=manchester+hosts+iab+as+paul+elliot+joins+fa+council The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) joined its Manchester counterparts this week at Old Trafford. The board came together to discuss some of the game's current issues around equality, inclusion and discrimination. It was the first IAB meeting away from Wembley as part of the group's commitment to go 'on the road' and offered the chance to meet the Manchester IAB, led by former PFA chair Clarke Carlisle. The FA IAB also confirmed Paul Elliott as a new FA council member where he joins fellow... UEFA: Wembley Stadium best of all bidders for Euro 2020 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3485/title=uefa%3A+%26%23039%3Bwembley+stadium+best+of+all+bidders+for+euro+2020%26%23039%3B UEFA has hailed The Football Association for having the best bid of all as Wembley Stadium looks forward to adding the finale of UEFA Euro 2020 to its regular diet of England matches. European footballs governing body last month selected The FA as the host association for the semi-finals and final of its flagship national-team competition when it becomes a Euro for Europe in six years time. Rather than being staged in one country, 12 cities from across... Estrella Damm extends official sponsor agreement with FC Barcelona until 2018 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3484/title=estrella+damm+extends+official+sponsor+agreement+with+fc+barcelona+until+2018 FC Barcelona and Estrella Damm signed an agreement this lunchtime toextend the companys position as Club sponsor until the end of the 2017/18 season. The deal was announced at an event held at the Antiga Fbrica dEstrella Damm attended by Damm director general Enric Crous, Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Economic Vice-President Javier Faus and the Club Director General, Antoni Rossich. The extension agreement confirms Estrella Damm as a Premium Partner and exclusive... The Football League appoints Ben Wright and Drew Barrand http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3483/title=the+football+league+appoints+ben+wright+and+drew+barrand The Football League has made two senior additions to its Commercial team with the appointment of Ben Wright to the position of Commercial Director and Drew Barrand to the position of Marketing Director. Wright joins The Football League from Wasserman Media Group where he is Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development. Previously, he was Head of Commercial at Tottenham Hotspur for five years and has also held the position of Sponsorship Manager at The Football Association and... Soccerex Legends Assemble for the Americas Forum http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3482/title=soccerex+legends+assemble+for+the+americas+forum With the Soccerex Americas Forum approaching, Soccerex is delighted to announce a panel of footballing icons will bring to a close the final afternoon of the event that is taking place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) in Barbados on 21st and 22nd October. As well as providing a unique platform from which the football industry can learn, network and do business, Soccerex events traditionally involve discussions with some of the games all time greats and this years... Lake hails Premier League Mental Health First Aiders initiative http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3481/title=lake+hails+premier+league+mental+health+first+aiders+initiative Former Manchester City footballer Paul Lake has hailed the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders at Premier League clubs as a "fantastic initiative" and one which creates an environment where openly talking about mental health is a sign of strength not a weakness. Current research says that one in four young men in the UK will experience some kind of mental health issue, and with over 3,400 players from the age of nine to 21 accommodated within the Premier League Academy system, the Premier... PFA voices concern over potential return of artificial pitches to the Football League http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3480/title=pfa+voices+concern+over+potential+return+of+artificial+pitches+to+the+football+league PFA Assistant Chief Executive Simon Barker has voiced his concern regarding the potential return of artificial pitches to the Football League. At a meeting on Thursday 26th September 2014, Football League Clubs in League One and Two voted in favour of allowing artificial pitches to be used in their competition from next season. This decision will be going to a formal vote for ratification by all the Football League Clubs at an EGM in November. PFA Assistant Chief Executive Simon Barker, stated:... Eurosport to Broadcast First Edition of Indian Super League http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3479/title=eurosport+to+broadcast+first+edition+of+indian+super+league Eurosport has acquired the pan-European rights* to the first edition of the Indian Super League of football and will broadcast live 16 matches of the opening season between October 12 and December 20 (Final) on Eurosport 2. International ex-professional players, such as David Trezeguet (FRA), David James (ENG), Nicolas Anelka (FRA) and Freddie Ljungberg (SWE), will participate in the event, designed to help increase the profile of football in India. The event is co-promoted by IMG Reliance and... England runs biggest balance of trade deficit in the world football transfer market http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3478/title=england+runs+biggest+balance+of+trade+deficit+in+the+world+football+transfer+market England has begun the 2014/15 football season with a 379m balance of trade deficit, the biggest transfer deficit in world football, according to new analysis from Barclays. England became the biggest net importer of talent, spending 579m on recruiting players from overseas, with 200m of talent going to clubs abroad. Englands spend alone accounts for 44% of the total number of imports worldwide. However, the sums that the Premier League clubs spent on importing players... Newcastle United Duo Launch Kids Business Challenge http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3477/title=newcastle+united+duo+launch+kids%26%23039%3B+business+challenge Newcastle United pair Paul Dummett and Rob Elliot have launched a competition which will see local children generating ideas to enhance the matchday experience for families at St. James' Park. Magpies fan Dummett and goalkeeper Elliot, who grew up as a Charlton Athletic supporter, were at the city's Studio West School - which is part of the of Kenton Multi Academy Trust, Dummett's old school - to help students with their entries by answering questions based on their own experiences not as...