fcbusiness has overseen the prestigious Football CEO of the Year award at the Football Business Awards since 2012 and in partnership with NuCalm we have created the European CEO of the Year Award.


The Football Business Awards (FBA) recognises and rewards the hard work that takes place off the pitch. With an illustrious judging panel selected for their experience and expertise the FBAs have grown into a significant annual networking event.


The awards are becoming more and more difficult to win every year, a sign of the increasing standard of work off the pitch that is driving the game. 2016 sees an exciting expansion of the award into Europe in partnership with pioneering neuroscience brand NuCalm.


The NuCalm European Football CEO of the Year award will reward the CEO who is deemed to have made the most positive impact on their team’s business performance during the 2015/16 football season.


The Format


fcbusiness is currently balloting its readers from across the UK and Europe to invite nominations for the award through its digital platforms, magazine and the myriad of major events it partners with such as the World Football Forum in Paris and Soccerex in Manchester.  


Once all the nominations are collected a judging panel consisting of key industry figures as well as the fcbusiness editorial team will create a shortlist of 5 finalists. The same judging panel will then take a closer inspection of the finalist’s merits and decide on a winner.


Each finalist will be invited to the Football Business Awards gala evening at Arsenals FC’s home- The Emirates – on 3rd November, where the overall winner will be announced in front on an audience of 600 senior football executives. The winner of the NuCalm European Football CEO of the Year 2016 will be announced and given their award by Jim Poole CEO of NuCalm and Yal Bekar.


“The Football Business awards has become one of the most respected events in the football industry in Europe and the fcbusiness Football CEO of the Year awards among the most prestigious on offer,” said Yal Bekar.


“It made perfect sense therefore to partner with NuCalm who lead in the field of neuroscience and sports performance to create the NuCalm European Football CEO of The Year.


“fcbusiness Magazine is very excited to be working with NuCalm to unearth the best football CEO in Europe whilst helping bring NuClam’s cutting edge technology to the European football market.” 


Jim Poole, President and CEO of Solace Lifesciences, the maker of NuCalm, added: “It is an honour for us to participate in this year’s European CEO of the Year Award.  Winning at the highest level in sports requires many facets of an organisation to be galvanised toward the unified goal of winning championships. 


“The players must execute on the pitch to win, but winning also requires effective leadership and communication from management, coaches, trainers, support staff, and agents.  Giving notice of exceptional leadership by honoring the European CEO of the Year will be a proud moment for NuCalm as well as the award winner and nominees.”