Soccerex European Forum: Manchester (March 2012) – Programme of Events

Detailed below are the events for the two days at Manchester Central, with a review attached of the particular sessions attended:

Day 1 Programme – Wednesday 28 March 2012

Soccerex Studio 1: Sessions

09:30 – 10:00            The Soccerex Opening Ceremony (Review)

  • Matt Lorenzo (Head of Media, Soccerex) [Host]
  • Sir Howard Bernstein (Manchester City Council)
  • Tony Martin (Chairman, Soccerex)
  • Dennis Law (ex Manchester United & Scotland player)
  • Mike Summerbee (ex Manchester City & England player)

10:00 – 10:45            UEFA’s Centralisation of Media Rights (Review)

  • Matt Lorenzo (Head of Media, Soccerex) [Moderator]
  • Gianni Infantino (General Secretary, UEFA)
  • Guy-Laurent Epstein (Marketing Director, UEFA)
  • Denni Strich (Marketing Director, Deutscher Fussball-Bund)
  • Niall Sloane (Controller of Sport, ITV)

11:30 – 12:45            Player and Coach Development (Review)

  • Mark Warburton (Director, Next Generation) [Moderator]
  • Gerard Houllier (Former Liverpool and Lyon manager)
  • Stuart Pearce (Manager England Under 21’s and GB Olympic Team)
  • David Sheepshanks (Chairman St George’s Park/National Football Centre)
  • Patrick Viera (Goodwill Ambassador FAO and Football Development Executive, Manchester City FC)
  • Raffaele Poli (Head of CIES Football Observatory)

14:00 – 15:00            Prepare to Succeed – The Art of Management (Review)

  • Guillem Balague (Sky Sports football expert) [Moderator]
  • Rafael Benitez (Former Valencia, Liverpool & Inter Milan manager)

15:45 – 17:00            Betting in Football (Review)

  • Kevin Roberts (Editorial Director, Sport Business) [Moderator]
  • Chris Eaton (Head of Security, FIFA)
  • Theo van Seggelan (General Secretary FIFPRO)
  • Andrew Trollope (QC)


Soccerex Studio 2: Workshops

09:00 – 13:00            Player Transfers & Insurance Workshop

The European Professional Football Leagues (EFPL) host a workshop featuring leading European stakeholders on the subject of player transfers and insurance.

14:00 – 15:00            Fraud, Law and Finance

In a dedicated workshop, Andrew Trollope QC and solicitor Paul Martin will address key issues affecting the game and all those who participate in it including: Match Fixing, Police Investigations, UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, Policy and Bribery and Corruption here and abroad.

15:45 – 17:45            France 2016 Stadia Workshop

Stadia issues remain at the heart of the football industry and with preparation for Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup underway, this workshop will take a look at what new stadium projects lay ahead and all the other latest developments shaping the industry.



Day 2 Programme – Thursday 29 March 2012

Soccerex Studio 1: Sessions

10:00 – 11:00            The Financial Management of Clubs (Review)

  • Dan Jones (Partner, Deloitte) [Moderator]
  • Phillip Beard (CEO, QPR)
  • Trevor Birch (PKF International, appointed Administrator Portsmouth FC)

11:45 – 12:45            The Tricky Business of Managing England (Review)

  • Jeff Powell (Daily Mail) [Moderator]
  • Terry Venables (Former England Manager)

14:00 – 15:00            For Better or Worse – Football and The Media (Review)

  • Guillem Balague (Sky Sports football expert) [Moderator]
  • Gaizka Mendieta (Sky Sports and Former Spanish International)
  • Gary Neville (Sky Sports and Former England International)
  • Brian Barwck (Founding Partner, Barwick Media & Sport)
  • Paul Hayward (Chief Sports Writer, Daily Telegraph)

15:45 – 16:45            The Soccerex Supplement (Review)

  • Dan Walker (BBC)
  • Paddy Barclay (Football Writer)
  • Phil Thompson (Sky Sports and Former England International)
  • Peter Reid (Former England International)
  • Bryan Robson (Former England International)
  • John Barnes (Former England International)


Soccerex Studio 2: Workshops

09:30 – 10:00            Emerging Markets – Lagos

  • Seyi Akinwunmi (Chairman, Lagos State Football Association)

This session will share insight into ‘Ekofootball’, a vision with the aim to take football forward in Lagos, covering all areas of football including learning, infrastructure, youth development, professional football, and the business of football. As a result a wide range of business opportunities will present itself across the wide spectrum of the football community.

10:30 – 11:45            Emerging Markets – India

  • Sukhvinder Singh (Managing Director, Libero Sports, India) [Moderator]
  • Kushal Das (General Secretary, All-India Football Association)
  • Desh Deepak Verma (Director General, Sports Authority of India)
  • Vishwajeet Kadam (Secretary, Bharati Vidyapeeth)
  • Ashu Jindal (COO, IMG-Reliance)
  • Mario de Vivo (Chief Commercial Officer, Internazionale Milan)
  • Rajpal Singh (Additional Director, FICCI Sports Committee)

This session will focus on the unique business opportunities in Indian Football. The speakers consist of the most relevant stakeholders from the administration, ministry, clubs, corporate and academic level and will share valuable case studies and relevant experiences of developing football in India.

10:30 – 11:45            Emerging Markets – Azerbaijan

  • Nargiz Mammadova (LOC Co-ordinator, FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup 2012)
  • Vugar Rustamli (Volunteering Director, LOC, FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup 2012)

This session will cover a wide range of topics related to the opportunities offered to the football industry in the country, with particular focus on the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup 2012, the International Volunteering Programme and co-operation opportunities between NGO’s, sports institutions, international media and more.

14:00 – 14:30            A Fan Engaging Formula

  • Duncan Burbridge (CEO, StreamUK)
  • Ryan McKnight (Editor, FC Business)

StreamUK partnered with Liverpool FC in 2011 to revamp the club’s online video offering, an offering which now claims to be the most successful online subscription service of any football club in the world. An in-depth interview will see StreamUK CEO Duncan Burbridge explore “Tribal Technology” as well as the Liverpool FC online video offering, demonstrating its interactive, social and integrated technology.


14:45 – 15:15            Improving your Events through Stadium Sound Systems

  • Oliver Sahm (Director of Technical Support ProAudio EMEA, Bosch Communications Systems)

This session will focus on the topics of sound systems in modern stadiums and arenas, sharing experiences on PA and sound systems, their costs, proposes and how they add value to events and return on investments for stadium owners.

15:30 – 16:00            Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) – Obligations and Opportunities

  • Andy Simmons (Owner, KSS)
  • Darren Eales (Director of Football Administration, Tottenham Hotspur FC)

This workshop will explore the recent finalisation of the EPPP and discuss the constraints and opportunities presented by these guidelines, what it means for clubs and the design opportunities and challenges it presents.

16:15 – 16:45            The Rise of the Internet

  • Ben Beeson (Partner, Lockton LLP)

This session will take a look at the emerging risks on privacy and to the individual with the rise of internet companies such as Google and Facebook and their willingness to share personal data and how new media technologies such as online social networking potentially impact organisations in the football industry.


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Posted March 30, 2012 by Editor in category "Soccerex 2012

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