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Soccer - 30 Jul 2003
The twelfth edition of the Deloitte & Touche Annual Review of Football Finance shows that the turnover of English football’s top division clubs has increased seven-fold in ten years to £1,132 million in 2001/02. Deloitte estimates Premiership revenues will have exceeded £1.25 billion in 2002/03. The Football League clubs have meanwhile grown their income to £467 million.
Soccer - 24 Jul 2003
UEFA Chief Executive, Gerhard Aigner, today welcomed the decision of the European Commission to approve a formal 'exemption' granting UEFA the right to maintain its new approach to selling UEFA Champions League broadcasting and new media rights.
Soccer - 10 Jul 2003
RESTON, Va. and LOS ANGELES, Jul 9, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL), a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services, and Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the nation's leading Spanish-language media company, today announced Nextel will be the official sponsor and exclusive wireless carrier of the Gold Cup, North America's largest soccer tournament.
Soccer - 08 Jul 2003
London / July 8, 2003 – On July 10 Liverpool FC set off for their training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland which has been organized and financed by SPORTFIVE Int. Ltd. Their first pre-season game of the build up to the 2003-2004 season will take place at the end of their training camp. This will be a friendly against FC Cologne taking place on July 16 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne and will be broadcast live on FIVE.
Soccer - 30 Jun 2003
The final competition of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany will definitely feature 32 teams. The FIFA Executive Committee reached this decision today, 27 June 2003, at a meeting in Paris under the chairmanship of President Joseph S. Blatter.
Soccer - 26 Jun 2003
Navigator, the London and Leeds based sports marketing business, has won two contracts with The English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA).
Soccer - 18 Jun 2003
The Scottish Football League announced today that the Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has reinforced its commitment to Scottish football by continuing its sponsorship of the League Cup for the next three seasons to 2006.
Soccer - 17 Jun 2003
FIFA and U.S. Soccer officials have formally unveiled the match schedule and official logo of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003, an action-packed 32-match, 23-day tournament that will take place in the United States between 20 September and 12 October.
Soccer - 17 Jun 2003
Meeting in Paris on 17 June 2003, the Board of Directors of FIFA Marketing AG appointed Jérôme Valcke as the new head of the organisation. Valcke succeeds Patrick Magyar and Michael Thomson in the role, the latter having led the company on a temporary basis since early April this year.
Soccer - 13 Jun 2003
CHICAGO (Thursday, June 12, 2003) — U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia has announced the six stadiums that will host the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States this fall. The six venues include two soccer specific stadiums: Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and the newly christened Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., just south of Los Angeles. Another brand new stadium, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (scheduled to open this August), will bring the event to
Soccer - 21 May 2003
The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided to suspend the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association with immediate effect and until further notice.
Soccer - 06 May 2003
Meeting today, the great majority of the members of the FIFA Technical and Football Committee expressed opposition to the proposal to increase the number of teams taking part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup(tm) finals.
Soccer - 02 May 2003
FIFA would like to announce that it has decided to put out the FIFA Hospitality Programme for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany(tm) to public tender and invites interested parties to submit tenders covering the sale, management and production of the FIFA Hospitality Programme.
Soccer - 30 Apr 2003
Soccerex, the world football convention, will take centre stage at the spectacular Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on the newly confirmed dates of 29th and 30th November.
Soccer - 09 Apr 2003
Bolton Wanderers today announced they have appointed sponsorship evaluation specialists Connexus PreciSion to provide them with sponsorship evaluation consultancy services.
Soccer - 08 Apr 2003
FIFA closed its four-year cycle from 1999 to 2002 with a revenue surplus of CHF 115 million, achieving an improvement of CHF 249 million compared to the total deficit of CHF 134 million originally estimated in May 2002.
Soccer - 04 Apr 2003
Leading mobile phone brand, Kejian, the first Chinese company to sponsor a Premier League English football club, (Everton FC), continues its commitment and support to football development in China with the staging of the Kejian Cup China-England Super Challenge in Shenzhen in May.
Soccer - 24 Mar 2003
A working meeting between FIFA and representatives from UEFA's European Club Forum and the G-14 took place in Zurich today. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and General Secretary Urs Linsi played host to the chairman of the European Club Forum and Bayern Munich vice-president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, together with Peter Kenyon (Manchester United), Pedro López Jiménez (Real Madrid), Roberto Bettega (Juventus), Marino Faccioli (Olympique Lyon) and G-14 general manager Thomas Kurth. FIFA and UEFA E
Soccer - 21 Mar 2003
Fox Sports International (FSI) and ChampionsWorld have entered into a new five-year agreement under which FSI will have exclusive international telecast distribution rights to no fewer than eight upcoming ChampionsWorld soccer events including this summer’s much-anticipated Manchester United tour of the United States.
Soccer - 12 Mar 2003
UEFA today announced MasterCard as an Official Partner for the forthcoming UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA EURO 2004™ as well as for the next three seasons of the UEFA Champions League from 2003 to 2006.
Soccer - 12 Mar 2003
The court injunction prohibiting the President of the Somali Football Federation, Farah Addo, from continuing to make defamatory statements about FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has been upheld in full by the District Court of Meilen (Switzerland).
Soccer - 12 Mar 2003
FIFA has suspended Financial Assistance Programme (FAP) payments to the national associations of Somalia (see separate media release), Burundi and Puerto Rico until further notice. During an audit of the 1999 - 2001 period, these associations were not able to provide documentation to substantiate the use of part of the funds they had received.
Soccer - 07 Mar 2003
The FIFA World Cup will head to South America in 2014 following a decision taken by the FIFA Executive Committee, chaired by President Joseph S. Blatter, on the second day of its meeting at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Soccer - 28 Feb 2003
A week of FIFA committee meetings in Zurich (cf. full programme below) will be rounded off by the Executive Committee on 6-7 March.
Soccer - 21 Feb 2003
Herzogenaurach, Germany, February 21st, 2003 -- Leading sportlifestyle brand PUMA® today announced a new long-term sponsorship deal with Fulham Football Club, which will see the players wearing an exciting and innovative new football kit from the beginning of the 2003/2004 season.
Soccer - 13 Feb 2003
UEFA today announced NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) as Official Partner of the UEFA European Football Championship in Portugal, UEFA EURO 2004. The announcement was made in Tokyo by UEFA Executive Committee member and Treasurer Drs. Mathieu Sprengers and NTT Com Senior Executive Vice President Dr. Shuji Tomita.
Soccer - 11 Feb 2003
In yet another move to build a global brand and increase brand awareness in China, Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens mobile) has today announced a multi-year association with the Chinese national football team, 'Team China'.
Soccer - 07 Feb 2003
Deureka Ltd., in partnership with leading international sports industry distributor Heather White, is announcing that it will represent WUSA’s television rights in key international markets.
Soccer - 04 Feb 2003
ProEvents Management (ProEvents), the leading football promoter and marketing consultancy in Asia, has been appointed by Italian giants Inter Milan as their exclusive marketing partner in Asia to further expand Inter's marketing activities and intellectual properties in the region.
Soccer - 31 Jan 2003
Radical changes to the structure of Italian club football formed the focus of a meeting in Milan today of the presidents of Italy's 38 professional clubs.
Soccer - 15 Jan 2003
London, England, January 15, 2003: BroadMind World-wide, the strategic sponsorship division of MindShare, today announced that they had concluded negotiations on behalf of Ford, for the company to continue its sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League for a further three years. The agreement will run from 2003 through to 2006 season.
Soccer - 18 Dec 2002
In the second part of its meeting in Madrid yesterday, Tuesday 17 December, the FIFA Executive Committee, chaired by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, dealt with a number of additional issues.
Soccer - 18 Dec 2002
UEFA has paid a total of €277m until November to the 32 clubs that set out in this season's UEFA Champions League. Both the major clubs and clubs who were newcomers to Europe's blue-riband club competition this year benefit from the payments made by UEFA.
Soccer - 17 Dec 2002
Meeting today in Madrid under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the FIFA Executive Committee has unanimously approved by acclamation the appointment of Dr Urs Linsi (Switzerland) as FIFA General Secretary. Linsi, also FIFA Director of Finance, had been leading the FIFA administration as Acting General Secretary at the request of the executive since 28 June 2002.
Soccer - 19 Nov 2002
In the past few months the majority of sports news has focused upon the downturn in the business. Whilst conditions maybe tougher its certainly not all bad news.
Soccer - 11 Nov 2002
The FA's Main Board met this morning. The principal business of the meeting was to discuss interim management arrangements following Adam Crozier's resignation and the process for finding his successor.
Soccer - 08 Nov 2002
The UEFA Executive Committee had very positive and constructive meetings in Copenhagen. In addition to the Executive meeting a very useful meeting with Mr Brian Mikkelsen took place yesterday.
Soccer - 23 Oct 2002
Buchs/Switzerland – ISA International Sports Agency acquired the biggest sponsor for the Euro 2004 qualifying matches when winning over Merloni Elettrodomestici’s – one of the three main European kitchen appliances manufacturers – brand, Indesit. A comprehensive sponsoring package has been agreed, with the aim of improving the public awareness of the Indesit brand in the European target markets as well as creating an ideal positive image transfer. Sportfive, the sports rights agency, was
Soccer - 10 Oct 2002
Following an extensive bidding process and a comprehensive evaluation by UEFA and its marketing partner TEAM, it has been decided that the main live rights to UEFA Champions League from 2003-2006 in Greece will be shared between two free-to-air broadcasters, ERT (the State broadcaster) and Mega Channel (the current rightsholder).
Soccer - 27 Sep 2002
European soccer is facing an unprecedented television rights crunch, with England’s Premier League, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s Primera Liga all threatened with the loss of millions of Euros when their domestic television rights contracts come up for renewal, in most cases in the next two years.
Soccer - 24 Sep 2002
Under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the Executive Committee met today at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich for the first time in its new composition since the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Attending their first meeting were the recently elected members, A'hongalu Fusimalohi (Tonga) and Junji Ogura (Japan).
Soccer - 10 Sep 2002
Despite end of season concerns about the ability of European football clubs to secure new jersey sponsorship deals, the overall market value for jersey sponsorship in the six main European markets has, in fact, grown by 6.7%. However, whereas top clubs have been able to secure more lucrative deals, the size of the contracts signed by medium and smaller sized clubs has, in general, stagnated.
Soccer - 03 Sep 2002
With many leading UK and European football clubs currently suffering from severe financial difficulties, the latest figures to be announced by Southampton Football Club show the South Coast club in excellent financial shape.