FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Manchester In With The Citi http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3878/title=manchester+in+with+the+citi+ Manchester City and Citi have announced a new partnership that will see the club join forces with the leading global bank. Through the multi-year agreement, Citi will become an official banking partner of MCFC. In addition to leveraging opportunities with the club to enhance experiences for Citi clients and City fans, the new relationship also involves a joint collaboration with City Football Schools. Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of MCFC, said: We are delighted to bring Manchester City... Liverpool Juventus Mark Heysel Tragedy http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3877/title=liverpool++juventus+mark+heysel+tragedy+ Today marks the 30 th anniversary of the Heysel stadium disaster which saw 39 people lose their lives. The tragedy at Heysel Stadium in 1985 which occurred ahead of the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus marked a low point for English football and saw clubs from England banned from competing in all European competitions indefinitely. UEFA President Michel Platini, who scored the winning goal for Juventus against Liverpool FC that night, paid tribute to the 39 who died and to all... Pressure Mounts But Blatter Remains Defiant http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3876/title=pressure+mounts+but+blatter+remains+defiant UEFA calls for the Presidential election to be postponed as the crisis at FIFA deepens. Its understood that FIFA President, Sepp Blatter has dismissed calls for him to resign following the arrest of several FIFA officials in Zurich yesterday (27 th May). UEFA have also said it may boycott the 65th Congress and called for the postponement of the Presidential elections due to take place tomorrow (29 th May). Highlighting its concerns, a statement released by European footballs... Doncaster Rovers Make Legendary Hospitality Investment http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3875/title=doncaster+rovers+make+legendary+hospitality+investment Keepmoat Stadium hospitality is set for huge a refurbishment ahead of the new season. Doncaster Rovers have announced plans to renovate its hospitality lounge giving corporate guests a new and enhanced VIP experience. The Sky Bet League 1 club will place significant investment to completely refurbish and re-launch its corporate product, with the brand new Legends Club about to come into being. Head of Commercial, Andrew Whitham said that it was important to see the changes... Gateshead Confirm Takeover Of Club http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3874/title=gateshead+confirm+takeover+of+club Gateshead Football Club have confirmed that local business owners Richard and Julie Bennett have acquired the total shareholding of Chairman Graham Wood. The Bennetts own Consett-based Derwentside Environmental Testing Services (DETS) and have been sponsors of the Vanarama Conference Premier side for the last two years. Commenting on the change of ownership, Wood said: Since I announced my intention to seek a new owner at the beginning of the month, Vice Chairman and Chief... FIFA Responds to Arrests Of Officials In Zurich http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3873/title=fifa+responds+to+arrests+of+officials+in+zurich FIFA have released a statement following the news that up to nine officials had been arrested as part of an investigation into alleged corruption worth up to 65m. The statement read: FIFA welcomes actions that can help contribute to rooting out any wrongdoing in football. We understand that todays actions by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice on behalf of the US authorities and the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (initiated by FIFA through the submission of the file on the... Six FIFA Officials Arrested In Zurich http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3872/title=six+fifa+officials+arrested+in+zurich Six FIFA officials have been arrested in Zurich, Switzerland on suspected corruption charges. The arrests were made this morning (27th) at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich with FIFA Vice-President, Jeffery Webb thought to be among those arrested. Webb, the head of the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean and five others have been detained pending extradition to the US. The arrests follow a US investigation into corruption at world footballs governing body and... FC Barcelona Develop Smart Espai Barça http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3871/title=fc+barcelona+develop+smart+espai+bar%E7a FC Barcelona and the city of Barcelona have signed a collaboration agreement to intensify their relations in innovation processes and technological solutions around the city. The deal between the La Liga champions and the local government will see the development of the Smart Espai Bara, the upheaval and potentiating of digital innovations on the clubs facilities to turn them into smart spaces that services members, supporters and the people of Barcelona. The idea... Sky Bet Confirm Football League Sponsorship http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3870/title=sky+bet+confirm+football+league+sponsorship+ The Football League have confirmed current title sponsor, Sky Bet will continue their sponsorship of its league competitions for the 2015/16 season. Sky Bet will continue as title sponsor of the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2 for season 2015/16, the companys third as title sponsor. Following discussions on sponsorship opportunities from 2016 onwards, the League confirmed that Sky Bet has made an offer to continue the partnership for a further two seasons.... Football Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Investment http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3869/title=football+foundation+celebrates+15+years+of+investment Nigel Adkins was at Robert Mays Schools 3G pitch as part of the Foundations 15-year Anniversary celebrations and was his first in his capacity as a Football Foundation Ambassador. In 2010, after working in conjunction with the Hampshire FA, Robert Mays School received a 180,488 grant from the Football Foundations Funding Partners the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England to develop a 88m x 61m, floodlit, third... Football League crowds rise by 600,000 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3868/title=football+league+crowds+rise+by+600%2C000 The number of people watching matches in the Sky Bet Football League increased by 615,685 during the 2014/15 season, a four per cent increase on the previous year. It is the 12th consecutive season that crowds have topped the 15-million mark. In total, more than 16.3m fans passed through the turnstiles at league matches played in the Sky Bet Championship, League 1 and League 2 in 2014/15 as The Football League continues to enjoy sustained long-term attendance growth. In the 28 years since the... Epson continues Man Utd supply partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3867/title=epson+continues+man+utd+supply+partnership Manchester United has today announced a further extension to its successful partnership with leading technology developer Epson. Epson first became the clubs Official Office Equipment Supplier in 2010 and credits the partnership for boosting its global profile and supporting business growth for products such as inkjet printers, scanners, projectors and smart glasses. The new agreement will see the two global organisations team up together for a further three years. Epson will continue to... ADI’s Stadium Technology to Transform Hillsborough Experience http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3866/title=adi%92s+stadium+technology+to+transform+hillsborough+experience From the start of the 2015/16 season, Sheffield Wednesday fans will see a dramatic change to the matchday experience at Hillsborough with the introduction of a huge new 60 sqm LED screen from stadium technology specialists ADI. The new screen, which will be the largest in the whole of the Football League, will connect to Live Venue , ADIs unique high speed fibre network that links every Premier League and Football League stadium to the companys Preston-based sports production hub.... Sony extends UEFA Champions League sponsorship http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3865/title=sony+extends+uefa+champions+league+sponsorship UEFA has announced that an agreement has been reached with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), one of the world's leading manufacturers of games consoles and publisher of computer games, to extend its relationship as an official partner of the UEFA Champions League. The three-year agreement, commencing at the start of the 2015/16 club competition season, will include the UEFA Super Cup in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as the UEFA Women's Champions League final and UEFA Youth League finals... Sky Bet Play-Off Final score updates to be displayed at Piccadilly Circus to ensure fans #DontMissIt http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3864/title=sky+bet+play-off+final+score+updates+to+be+displayed+at+piccadilly+circus+to+ensure+fans+%23dontmissit The Football League has launched an innovative promotional campaign ahead of this weekends Sky Bet Play-Off Finals that will see live score updates posted on digital advertising space around London, including the iconic screens at Piccadilly Circus. The live score updates are part of the Leagues #DontMissIt campaign which has been created to promote the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals to an audience not usually reached by sports governing bodies, with it set to reach an estimated footfall... Leicester City Sign New PUMA Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3863/title=leicester+city+sign+new+puma+partnership Leicester City Football Club has signed a new agreement with PUMA to continue its technical partnership with the global sports brand. PUMA Citys Official Sportswear Partner - will continue to supply team kit, replica kit and trainingwear to the Foxes, starting with the brand new 2015/16 home kit, which will be worn for the first time during Sundays Barclays Premier League fixture against Queens Park Rangers. Susan Whelan, Leicester Citys Chief Executive Officer,... Dutch FA Adopts Domestic Transfer Matching System http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3862/title=dutch+fa+adopts+domestic+transfer+matching+system Earlier this year, the global professional football transfer market entered what looks set to be a new era when the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) became the first national FA to handle all transfers of players among its affiliated clubs, both international and domestic, centrally on one platform. For its January 2015 transfer window, KNVB and all professional Dutch clubs active during the window used the Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS), an online application designed to... The Rise Of Telecom Stadium Naming Rights Deals http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3861/title=the+rise+of+telecom+stadium+naming+rights+deals Across European football, by the time the 2015/16 season kicks off, the revenues generated by naming rights deals from telecommunications companies will have more than tripled in the space of four seasons. This growing trend is shaping both the North American Major Leagues and the European football leagues where today, the investment from specifically telecommunication companies into stadium naming rights is one outstripping all other industry investments in stadium sponsorship, Repucoms... FC Barcelona Generates 1.2% Of City’s GDP http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3860/title=fc+barcelona+generates+1.2%25+of+city%92s+gdp The economic importance of FC Barcelona to the city of Barcelona has been analysed by Deloitte. A report by the business advisory firm revealed the club generated 759 million euros in the 2013/14 season, which represented 1.2% of the citys GDP. The report also calculates that following construction of the new Espai Bara, the effect on GDP and employment in the city will increase by 9% on the present figures to 826 million euros and 16,628 jobs. The study shows how the club boosts... QPR Appoints Lee Hoos As CEO http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3859/title=qpr+appoints+lee+hoos+as+ceo+ Queens Park Rangers have appointed Lee Hoos as Chief Executive Officer. The 53 year-old, who hails from Baltimore, USA, will officially join QPR for the 2015/16 season from Burnley, where he has held the CEO position since December 2011. QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes believes Hoos arrival completes the new-look senior management set-up at the club, commenting: Lee was the stand-out individual from a very impressive list of candidates we spoke to during an extensive interview process,... Newcastle United Finance Director Quits http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3858/title=newcastle+united+finance+director+quits+ Finance Director, John Irving has announced he is to leave relegation threatened Newcastle United. Irving was appointed to the clubs board of directors after former Managing Director, Derek Llambias quit in the summer of 2013, and has worked at the club for seven years. He will leave the club, who face West Ham at the weekend hoping to secure their place in the Premier League next season, to take up a post at Newcastle Airport. Newcastle face the very real prospect of dropping out of the... Rotherham United Unveil New Away Shirt Sponsor http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3857/title=rotherham+united+unveil+new+away+shirt+sponsor Rotherham United have unveiled Balreed as the sponsor of the 2015/2016 Millers away shirt. Balreed are no strangers to the club having put their name to the AESSEAL New York Stadium scoreboard, as well as sponsoring the back of the home and away shorts throughout the 2014/2015 campaign. We are thrilled to continue to develop a very successful collaboration between Rotherham United Football Club and Balreed, said Commercial Director Steve Coakley. Since our move into the... PES2015 Advertised On Socks Of La Liga Players http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3856/title=pes2015+advertised+on+socks+of+la+liga+players La Liga and Sockatyes announced an agreement that for the last six matchdays of the season, the logo of videogame Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (PES2015) will be on the socks worn by 14 Liga BBVA clubs. La Ligas General Director of Marketing and Sales, Adolfo Bara Negro, said: The fact a global brand such as Konami has decided to use the method until the end of the season shows that we have taken the correct decision partnering with Sockatyes. Director of Konami, Erik... Kick It Out To Offer Equality Awareness Course http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3855/title=kick+it+out+to+offer+equality+awareness+course Kick It Out is collaborating with Southampton Solent University to offer the Equality and Diversity Awareness in Football Award. This unique six-unit Award is aimed at professionally developing and educating the future leaders of football and increasing awareness of Kick It Outs work within all sectors of the game. It is a well-suited course for anyone who currently works, or aspires to work, within the football industry. The course will be led by staff at Kick It Out and Southampton... Chris Ramsey Appointed QPR Head Coach http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3854/title=chris+ramsey+appointed+qpr+head+coach+ Chris Ramsey has been appointed Head Coach at QPR. Ramsey has signed a three year contract at Loftus Road until the summer of 2018. Chairman Tony Fernandes believes the 53 year-old who took over the position on a temporary basis following Harry Redknapps resignation in February is the right man to lead Rangers into the future, commenting: When Chris took over the role we were already in a very difficult position, yet despite our relegation, we as a board...