FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Spurs Appoint Agency To Meet Demanding Korean Fanbase http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4396/title=spurs+appoint+agency+to+meet+demanding+korean+fanbase Tottenham Hotspurs growing presence in South Korea has led to the club appointing Infiniss as its new Licensing Agent in the region. The clubs South Korean fanbase has seen growth of nearly 30% in the last year with increased demand for Tottenham Hotspur products, a result of last summers arrival of South Korean international and Asian Footballer of the Year, Heung-Min Son. Infiniss will now work with the club to appoint licensees for Tottenham Hotspur-branded goods and... LaLiga Women’s Game Live Facebook Stream Hailed A Success http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4395/title=laliga+women%92s+game+live+facebook+stream+hailed+a+success LaLigas innovative approach to broadcasting a game on Facebook has been hailed a resounding success. On Saturday, LaLiga took another step forward in its commitment to innovation and new ways of consuming sport with the Women's First Division match between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club streamed live through Facebook. With the help of beIN SPORTS the competition's official broadcaster in Spain and both clubs, LaLiga delivered a watershed moment in the world of sports... Manchester City Serves Up Wolf Blass Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4394/title=manchester+city+serves+up+wolf+blass+partnership Australian wine brand Wolf Blass, have announced a multi-year marketing partnership with Manchester City Football Club making them the Official Wine Partner of for Asia, Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Mexico. The partnership will see Wolf Blass further expand the brands sports sponsorship footprint in the region following recently signed agreements with the National Basketball Association in China, and professional baseball organizations in Japan and Korea. Through the multi-platform... Mourinho Officially Announced As Manchester United Manager http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4393/title=mourinho+officially+announced+as+manchester+united+manager Finally, Jos Mourinho has been confirmed as manager of Manchester United. After protracted negotiations Mourinho will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2016/17 season after signing a three year contract with an option to stay at the club until at least 2020. Announcing the appointment Ed Woodward, said: Jos is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows... Featured Blog: Injuries - Predicting The Unpredictable http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4392/title=featured+blog%3A+injuries+-+predicting+the+unpredictable Stephen Smith, CEO at Kitman Labs looks at t he Truth About Injury Prediction Injury prediction feels like such a dirty word these days. Its become somewhat of a stigma in this industry because many people have been beating a drum about how they are doing it or going to do it. We, like many people within the industry do not believe that today there is a solution to predict injury nor do we believe that there will be one available in the near future. I am not saying we cannot make a huge... From The Archive: Leicester Citys New Owners Speak To fcbusiness (2011) http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4391/title=from+the+archive%3A+leicester+city%26%23039%3Bs+new+owners+speak+to+fcbusiness+%282011%29 We dig deep into our archive and head back to June 2011 (issue 53) when then Editor, Ryan McKnight, spoke exclusively to Leicester Citys new owners and management team. Fact or Fiction? Will the next chapter of Leicester Citys story turn out to be the real deal? Few could argue if Leicester City picked up the Bafta Award for Footballs Best Soap Opera. Fifteen managers since 2004, debts of nearly 30million, annual losses of over 5million for each... Manager Dismissals At All Time High http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4390/title=manager+dismissals+at+all+time+high There were 56 manager dismissals across the four professional football leagues during the 2015/16 season according to figures compiled by the League Managers Association (LMA). The figure exceeds the 53 dismissals in 2001-02, the year of the ITV Digital collapse. In addition, in excess of 100 professional coaches have been dismissed following a managerial change. In total, there were 70 manager changes for the season with 14 resigning from their posts. High profile sackings have included Roberto... Nissan To Bring A 360° View Of Madrid During Champions League Final http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4389/title=nissan+to+bring+a+360%B0+view+of+madrid+during+champions+league+final To celebrate this years UEFA Champions League Final, Nissan is creating the worlds first YouTube live 360 degrees film for a major sporting event, focusing on real-time fan excitement on the streets of Madrid. The first-of-its-kind film will be broadcast via Nissans YouTube channel and will be available to the estimated 180 million viewers of the UEFA Champions League Final before and during the Final in Milan on 28 May 2016. FINAL 360 will cover the excitement and real... West Ham Granted Stadium Wrap Permission http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4388/title=west+ham+granted+stadium+wrap+permission West Ham United has been granted planning permission for a wrap solution around the outside of the clubs new stadium. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) Planning Decisions Committee met on Tuesday evening to rubber stamp the proposal to install the largest digital screen in Europe at the Hammers new home on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Measuring 83m wide by 12m high, the high-definition (HD) screen will be flanked by 68 12m high fabric panels similar to those used at... Nissan Reveals Champions League’s Most Exciting Moments http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4387/title=nissan+reveals+champions+league%92s+most+exciting+moments Ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final in Milan on Saturday 28 th May, Nissan - the Official Global Automotive Sponsor of the UEFA Champions League - has revealed the most exciting moments and players of the tournament so far. Throughout the campaign, Nissan, in partnership with sports science experts Loughborough University have used the Nissan Excitement Index to analyse data gathered through live experiments on football fans at UEFA Champions League Matches, culminating in the... Arsenal Make £100m From Premier League TV Money http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4386/title=arsenal+make+%A3100m+from+premier+league+tv+money Arsenal were the big winners in the Premier League making over 100m from broadcasting revenue for the first time. The North London side made 100,952,257 for the 2015/16 season, 7.7m more than champions Leicester City. The figures released to by the Premier League show the value of the central income payments made to its clubs for the 2015/16 season. Arsenal had 27 games broadcast live throughout the season, 12 more than Leicester and one more than Manchester United who had... Everton Nominated For Five Hospitality Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4385/title=everton+nominated+for+five+hospitality+awards Everton and Sodexo have been nominated for five honours at the forthcoming 2016 Stadium Events Hospitality Awards. The club and its official catering partner have been shortlisted in five of the nine award categories including, Media Choice Award, Chef Team of the Year Award, Directors Choice Award, Matchday Hospitality Award (Medium Stadium) and Overall Matchday Hospitality Award. Now in its twelfth year, the awards recognise the effort and dedication shown by the catering, conference and... LaLiga Women’s Match To Broadcast Live On Facebook http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4384/title=laliga+women%92s+match+to+broadcast+live+on+facebook The match between Atletico Madrid Women and Athletic Club is to be shown live on LaLiga's Facebook page. Saturday's top-flight clash will be the first ever football match broadcast live on the popular social network and is the latest in LaLigas bid to innovate and explore new ways for supporters to enjoy content in the world of sport. After showing the Copa del Rey and LaLiga World fixtures on YouTube, the game will be broadcast with the help of beIN Sports, the competition's official... Sunderland Appoint Martin Bain As CEO http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4383/title=sunderland+appoint+martin+bain+as+ceo Sunderland AFC has appointed Martin Bain as the clubs new Chief Executive Officer. Bain, who is currently Chief Executive at Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, replaces Margaret Byrne who left the club in March following Adam Johnsons trial for sexual activity with a minor. He will take up his new role at the Stadium of Light on July 1, 2016. Bain, 47, brings with him a wealth of experience in both the football and business worlds having overseen one of the most successful periods in... Become A Master Of Football Science At UCFB Etihad http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4382/title=become+a+master+of+football+science+at+ucfb+etihad Learn about the modern game at UCFB with the MSc Football Science degree inside the Etihad Stadium The professional football industry has seen a huge increase in stats-based performance data over the last decade. The likes of Prozone was at first shunned by the elite, who believed good scouting and training ground preparation was the only road to success. But increasingly football has become a numbers game with players analysed not just for the amount of running they do in a game but also in... Court Proceedings Launched Against Former Rangers Executives http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4381/title=court+proceedings+launched+against+former+rangers+executives Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner, is among five former executives reportedly facing court proceedings after Rangers filed a civil case against the men. Its understood former Chief Executives Charles Green and Derek Llambias, Director Imran Ahmad, Financial Director Brian Stockbridge and Ashley have had proceedings brought at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Rangers, who were promoted back to the Scottish Premiership but lost out to Hibernian in the Scottish Cup... Mark Bullingham Appointed FA Group Commercial Director http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4380/title=mark+bullingham+appointed+fa+group+commercial+director The Football Association (The FA) has appointed Mark Bullingham as FA Group Commercial Director. An experienced commercial leader, Bullingham will join The FA on 15 th August, from his role as CEO EMEA for Fuse Sports Entertainment, within Omnicom Media Group. He replaces the outgoing Stuart Turner, who after 11 years service, announced last November he was to leave The FA this month. During his time at Wembley, Turner has helped transform the fortunes of the organisation with over... Leicester City Least Of The Big Spenders http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4379/title=leicester+city+least+of+the+big+spenders Leicester City spent the least on player transfers according to figures released by CIES today. The newly crowned Premier League Champions spent on average 1.8m (2.7m) per player. Conversely, relegated Newcastle United could not avoid the drop despite having the 8th costliest line-up at 6.1m (7.9m) per player. The figures reported by the CIES Football Observatory showed Manchester City at 21.3m (27.5m) and Manchester United at 20.1m (26.8m) had... Manchester United announce partnership with Banco Guayaquil http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4378/title=manchester+united+announce+partnership+with+banco+guayaquil Manchester United has announced a partnership with Banco Guayaquil, who will enjoy exclusive financial services rights in Ecuador. To mark the partnership, Banco Guayaquil is launching a new Manchester United credit card for its customers, offering a range of benefits and the chance of exclusive experiences with the worlds most popular football club. Banco Guayaquils celebrations will include exclusive competitions and giveaways online and on social media, where fans can win a... Record season ticket sales at Everton http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4377/title=record+season+ticket+sales+at+everton Everton has achieved record-breaking Season Ticket sales one week before the Clubs Early Bird discount window shuts. Over 27,500 supporters have already secured their 2016/17 Season Tickets, putting the Club 2,500 (+10%) ahead of the total Early Bird sales achieved in 2014/15, which was a record-breaking year. And with just one week to go before the Early Bird window shuts at midnight on Wednesday 25 May, the Club is expecting sales of 2016/17 Season Tickets to exceed those achieved in... UCFB and Real Madrid Graduate School strike landmark partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4376/title=ucfb+and+real+madrid+graduate+school+strike+landmark+partnership POSTGRADUATE students at UCFB, a world first in higher education delivering university degrees in the football, sport and events industries inside the iconic Wembley stadium, now have the chance to work alongside the worlds biggest club Real Madrid. As well as benefitting from studying within the worlds greatest sporting venue, students on the MSc International Sport Management course can now spend time in the Spanish capital at The Real Madrid Graduate Schools... Football League announces revamp proposal http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4375/title=football+league+announces+revamp+proposal The Football League has distributed a discussion document to its member clubs ahead of its summer conference and AGM next month. Clubs are being asked to consider the re-organisation of the domestic league system into five divisions of 20 teams from the 2019/20 season. Under the proposal, The Football League would become a four division competition below the Premier League, including a new League Three, with 100 clubs competing across the professional game. In addition, the League Cup and League... Aston Villa Confirm Recon Group Takeover http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4374/title=aston+villa+confirm+recon+group+takeover Aston Villa has confirmed the sale of the club to Recon Group. The club announced that Recon Group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia will take 100% ownership from Randy Lerner subject to the approval of the Premier League and the Football League, on Wednesday. The deal is thought to be worth around 60m and once approvals have been granted and the new board members approved under the fit and proper rules of both leagues, Dr Xia will become Chairman of Aston Villa. The club will announce the... UCFB Launches New Degree Executive Education Programmes http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4373/title=ucfb+launches+new+degree++executive+education+programmes UCFB is a World First in Higher Education, offering University Degrees and Executive Education in the Football, Sport and Events Industries. UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with award-winning facilities in three inspirational campuses; the iconic Wembley Stadium, London, the English home of football and sport; the state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium, Manchester, part of the modern Etihad Campus sporting facility, and the historic Turf Moor, Burnley, home of Burnley... New CEO Appointed To Sir Bobby’s Charity http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4372/title=new+ceo+appointed+to+sir+bobby%92s+charity Find A Better Way, the leading landmine charity founded by Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, has announced the appointment of Lou McGrath OBE to the position of Chief Executive Officer. The landmine and international affairs veteran served as CEO to the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) for 14 years. Under his leadership both MAGs income and its landmine clearance programmes grew substantially. He later established MAG America in Washington DC, opening the organisation's humanitarian work to new sources of...