FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Allianz Signs Partnership With Asian Football Confederation http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4793/title=allianz+signs+partnership+with+asian+football+confederation Allianz and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have today announced a multi-year pan-regional partnership. The exclusive category sponsorship extends and leverages Allianzs global football heritage to connect more deeply with its customers in key Asian markets, while significantly expanding its brand presence in the growth region. Encompassing Asias most important club tournaments - including the AFC Champions League, the AFC Cup, as well as the AFC Futsal Club Championships -... SIS Pitches Seal Fourth World Cup Stadium http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4792/title=sis+pitches+seal+fourth+world+cup+stadium SIS Pitches has agreed a contract to complete work for a fourth stadium for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The new Baltic Arena, Kaliningrad, one of twelve stadiums to be used during the finals, is set to be the next high-profile stadium to have a SISGrass transformation. SIS Pitches will design, construct and install a new SISGrass hybrid pitch in July, and will then provide full maintenance throughout the tournament. The confirmation of a fourth stadium arrives after already securing deals to... Celtic Park Development Plans Announced http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4791/title=celtic+park+development+plans+announced+ Celtic Football Club has announced that it will make a Proposal of Application Notice to Glasgow City Council in relation to possible further development of the Celtic Park area. The plans will include the potential creation of a new hotel, retail store, ticketing facility and museum. The application is part of Celtics long-standing masterplan for the area, a vision which aims to deliver benefit to the club and supporters and allow further re-generation of the East End of the city. The... Liverpool Announce Academy Redevelopment Plans http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4790/title=liverpool+announce+academy+redevelopment+plans Liverpool Football Club has announced joint plans with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) for a proposed redevelopment of the Reds Academy site in Kirkby, including improvements for local residents and the community playing fields at Simonswood Lane. A public consultation is being held next month for local residents and businesses to discuss the proposed plans in more detail. Liverpools vision is to bring its first team and Academy football training operations and... Nissan Replace Gareth Bale With Female Footballer http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4789/title=nissan+replace+gareth+bale+with+female+footballer Gareth Bales injury sees him substituted with Ana Rueda Hernandez in the latest ad for UEFA Champions League sponsor Nissan. Nissan - the official Global Automotive Sponsor of the UEFA Champions League - will feature Global Ambassador and Manchester City star, Sergio Agero alongside Ana Rueda Hernandez, a student and part-time baker from Madrid. The 24-year-old football-loving Spaniard was drafted in by Nissan to replace Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who was unable to take part in... OMNIGON Honoured With Four Interactive Media Awards http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4788/title=omnigon+honoured+with+four+interactive+media+awards OMNIGON, digital partners with many of the most important global brands in the sports, media and entertainment industries, has received four Interactive Media Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in web design and development. The four entries AS Roma, The Rugby Channel, DFB Pokal and Bayern Munich all received Best in Class distinction, the highest honour. This is the first time OMNIGON received the top honour in more than two projects in a given year. "In terms of web... The Search For The Panacea To Optimise Player Performance http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4787/title=the+search+for+the+panacea+to+optimise+player+performance++ Building on the great success of previous Arsenal FC SEMS conferences, Dr Gary ODriscoll, Arsenal FC Medical Director, and Mr Colin Lewin, Head of Medical Services, are delighted to confirm the 2017 high level, interdisciplinary, FSEM accredited Conference will take place at Emirates Stadium. Held on the 21st March 2017, speakers at the conference will, once again, have international reputations that will ensure high quality, current, and interactive presentations. Open to all medical and... Lincoln City Use Data For On-Field Success http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4786/title=lincoln+city+use+data+for+on-field+success Lincoln City FC made history on Saturday becoming the first non-league club to qualify for the quarter-finals of The FA Cup in over 103 years and are flying high in the Vanarama National League. But whats been the secret of their success? Mark Carruthers of fcbusiness spoke to manager Danny Cowley at the beginning what is turning out to be a remarkable season or the Imps to find out more about how hes using data to improve on-pitch performance. As he makes his first steps into... What does the future hold for technology in football? http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4785/title=what+does+the+future+hold+for+technology+in+football%3F With a current estimated value of 5.1bn in the UK alone, the Premier League stands out as one of the most valuable sports market in the world. The question of whether this can be improved in the future however could, largely, depend on the innovative technological developments the game adopts. But what could these advancements look like? Back in 2014, futurologist Dr Ian Pearson and HTC produced a document called The Future of Football . This sets out predictions for the... Manchester United Appoint New CEO Of Media http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4784/title=manchester+united+appoint+new+ceo+of+media Manchester United has appointed Phil Lynch as Chief Executive Officer of Media. The new role will see hi, responsible for overseeing the clubs digital media strategy, as well as the management and operations of MUTV (including the new MUTV app, available in 165 countries around the world), the creation and editorial oversight of the clubs official matchday programme and monthly magazines, as well as the clubs digital media partnerships and direct-to-consumer products. Prior... Levy Restaurants UK Wins Spursí Catering Contract http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4783/title=levy+restaurants+uk+wins+spurs%92+catering+contract Levy Restaurants UK has been awarded a ten-year contract to be the official catering partner for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur FC at its new 750m stadium, which is due to open in 2018. The 61,000 capacity stadium, the largest club stadium in London, will represent a major new landmark for the capital, delivering a world class sport and entertainment destination and setting a new benchmark for fan experience with its offering of year round facilities for match day and non-match day... Comment: The Four Things Effective Managers Do http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4782/title=comment%3A+the+four+things+effective+managers+do Every manager must be a leader but this does not diminish the importance of management. On the contrary, in certain times, the manager is more important than ever, explains Tony Faulkner of VSI, Master in Sport Directorship. Working across sport, business and education I have seen how the effective manager plays a role that often-charismatic leaders and autonomous teams are incapable of playing. Heres what effective managers do. Select the right person When selecting... fcbusiness Joins Football Trade Mission To India http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4781/title=fcbusiness+joins+football+trade+mission+to+india fcbusiness will join the Department for International Trade (DIT) on its Football Trade Mission to India, in partnership with the Premier League. Due to the huge success of the Indian Super League and its association with the Premier League and Premier League Clubs, the time is right for UK businesses to explore this market. DIT, in partnership with India on Track, the Premier League and Star Sports, has secured senior level participation in The Football Movement Conference; enabling UK... Portugalís Long-Term Strategic Vision Pays Dividends http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4780/title=portugal%92s+long-term+strategic+vision+pays+dividends Theyve produced some of the worlds finest footballers and in 2016 Portugals men became champions of Europe after beating France in the final of the European Championships. fcbusiness speaks to Tiago Craveiro, CEO of the Portuguese Football Federation to find out more about the strategy behind the teams success and the Football Talks Conference in Lisbon 22-24 March. 2016 was a very good year for Portuguese football, your Euro 2016 final triumph being the... Player Care Launches Behind The Scenes Awards http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4779/title=player+care+launches+behind+the+scenes+awards Leading lights of Player Care recognised at the Behind the Scenes Awards Three individuals who go above and beyond in their off the-pitch support of professional athletes will be acknowledged for the first time this year by the Premier Sports Network at its Player Care Manchester event. The invite-only Player Care Manchester event is held for the community of leading sports executives who work in a variety of positions that ensure professional athletes are cared for off-the-pitch - to meet and... Insight: Leaders That Allow Too Much Complacency http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4778/title=insight%3A+leaders+that+allow+too+much+complacency Complacency is the devil within, if you want under performance get comfortable - Sir Alex Ferguson By far one of the greatest mistakes leaders make when trying to change teams / departments / organisations is to drive ahead without establishing a sense of urgency in fellow senior managers. This error is fatal as attempting to establish change always fails to achieve its objectives when complacency levels are high. Tony Faulkner, Co-Founder of VSI Masters in Sport... The FA Post Record Turnover Of £370m http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4777/title=the+fa+post+record+turnover+of+%A3370m The Football Association (The FA) has posted record turnover of 370million according to the latest financial figures released today. The FA posted its financial results for the year ending 31 July 2016, showing 125million was invested into every level of football across the 2015-16 season, growing from 117million in 2014-15. The annual results, comprised across The FA Limited, Wembley National Stadium Limited and the National Football Centre Limited, were up from... Premier Sports Network Announces 2017 Events Calendar http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4776/title=premier+sports+network+announces+2017+events+calendar Premier Sports Network have announced the return of the London and Manchester Player Care events for 2017, in addition to a brand new three-day Old Course, St. Andrews Golf Retreat. The invite-only Premier Sports Network events are held for a community of leading sports executives working in the areas of Player Care and the Fan Experience to meet and discuss best practice. Held on 3 rd May Player Care Manchester will see the player support network meet to examine the challenges facing... Mexico Club Chief Brands CONCACAF Champions League A Joke http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4775/title=mexico+club+chief+brands+concacaf+champions+league+a+joke The president of Mexicos Liga MX club Santos Laguna has criticised the CONCACAF Champions League as a joke writes Christian Radnedge. Alejandro Irarragorri was speaking to fcbusiness when he gave his honest opinion of central and North Americas flagship club competition, the latest edition of which has reached the quarter-finals stage. Historically Mexican clubs have enjoyed the most success in the Champions League, known as the CONCACAF Champions Cup from 1962 until... New Research Puts A Price On Social Video http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4774/title=new+research+puts+a+price+on+social+video Social video posted by Premier League clubs last season was worth 88m in kit supplier brand value according to research by social video intelligence company Burst Insights. Putting A Price On Social Video is the first ever in-depth practical guide to placing a commercial value on creative video assets. The 90 page report shows the top 5% of videos (around 60 per club) posted on Instagram, Twitter and Vine were worth around 3.5m in kit supplier brand exposure value.... Airdrie Launch Diamond Sensory Room http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4773/title=airdrie+launch+diamond+sensory+room Airdrie Football Club are to become the first in Scotland with a sensory room allowing children with Sensory Process Disorders such as autism to attend matches in comfort. The Diamond Sensory Room, which officially launches on 18 February, is the brainchild of the clubs commercial manager Dougy Alsop and youth academy coach Stevie Burr whose son has autism. Speaking of the project, Dougy said: The club have worked with the trust and the stadium owners on several projects to make... Changes Galore: Why The FA Cup Has Lost Its Magic http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4772/title=changes+galore%3A+why+the+fa+cup+has+lost+its+magic In years gone by, the FA Cup, Englands oldest club competition, was viewed as the biggest and most important tournament with the exception of the Premier League. Nowadays, the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and other elite clubs place more emphasis and effort on finishing in the top four; such is the lure of competing in the Champions League. To attract the best footballers on the planet, you need to qualify for Europes primary club tournament or offer a LOT of money. Paul... BT Sports Awards Shortlist Set For Laduma VR Reveal http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4771/title=bt+sports+awards+shortlist+set+for+laduma+vr+reveal Ladumas Virtual Reality technology will be at the heart of this years BT Sport Industry Awards with the Official Shortlist set to be revealed in a way never seen before. Each of those shortlisted in 15 categories will experience a bespoke and immersive piece of VR on a custom, branded cardboard VR headset. Weve seen some fantastic use of VR within the sport industry over the course of the past year, said Alex Coulson, Executive Director, Sport Industry Group.... Tottenham Set Up to Become Perennial Challengers http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4770/title=tottenham+set+up+to+become+perennial+challengers Tottenham have become a constant presence in the Premier League title race in their bid to win their first top-flight crown since the 1960s. Under the ownership of Daniel Levy and the management of Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have competed for the title spending within their means due to their efficient business in the transfer market, with the club backed in the latest football betting odds at 12/1 to win the crown this season. This season marked the first time in five years the team have spent... Charlton Athletic Take Delivery Of Pitch Protection Covers http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4769/title=charlton+athletic+take+delivery+of+pitch+protection+covers Charlton Athletic has taken delivery of Matchsavers Air Roller 8 Pitch Protection Covers. The covers will be used to protect their entire pitch at the clubs Valley Stadium providing quick and effective protection against severe weather during the busy season. The covers arrived already attached to the air rollers so allowing for immediate deployment upon arrival. Nathan Chapman, Head Groundsman, Charlton Athletic FC stated: At Charlton we are literally in a Valley and the...