Homegrown soccer talent is the future of the game?

In the wake of the publication of the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan for youth development, VisionPro Sports Institutes (VSI) offers a unique opportunity to professional clubs to keep talented young players in the game. VSI has been set up to develop and operate elite football academies for the benefit of young players who at 16 are often not [...]

Salif Diao – ‘One game one community’!

Salif Diao – ‘One game one community’!

I recently had the chance to catch up with my client Salif Diao to get his views on Stoke City’s Wembley semi final clash with Bolton – and an update on his football academy projects in Senegal. ‘It’s been a long time coming for Stoke fans,’ Saif said, ‘but at last we have the chance to get back to Wembley [...]

The Eternal Derby - Вечити дерби !

The Eternal Derby – Вечити дерби !

I travelled to Serbia last week to further cement Beswicks Sports connections in Eastern Europe. Following a previous meeting in London, an affiliation has now been forged with a sports law firm in Belgrade headed by Zoran Damjanovic.   Zoran Damjanovic is a well known and respected figure in Serbian football and a former chief executive of Red Star. Discussions also [...]

Record breaking transfer costs during the January 2011 transfer window!

Record breaking transfer costs during the January 2011 transfer window!

Another crazy end to the January 2011 transfer window with a record breaking £225 million spent on football player transfers compared to only £30 million last January. However, an analysis of the figures shows that 80% of the money was spent by four Premier League teams – on six players! The influence of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations seems to [...]

Tim Bailey, sports lawyer, on the best of 2010!

I’m a lucky man!  I’m passionate about football and it’s part of my day job as a sports lawyer! This year has been continually exciting – as I have been called in as a professional sports lawyer to advise on many different issues, from high profile transfers to coaches being sacked and image rights needing protection. However, these are my [...]

BARCELONA DREAM JOB FOR SIR ALEX FERGUSON!

BARCELONA DREAM JOB FOR SIR ALEX FERGUSON!

Today’s events in Qatar began with the leading football finance guru, Keith Harris in a question and answer session with Qatar’s Mohammed bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Conference. We were given a fascinating insight into Mohammed bin Hammam’s vision for Asian football and the challenges he has faced in relation to Qatar’s bid for the World Cup in [...]

SPORTS LAW:  TIM BAILEY AND THE DILEMMA OF PRIVACY

SPORTS LAW: TIM BAILEY AND THE DILEMMA OF PRIVACY

An interesting day here in Qatar, not least for Brazil and Argentina who teamed up for table football with Carlos Alberto and Ossie Ardiles showing great form! In fact, the combined talents of Carlos Alberto and Ossie Ardiles, not surprisingly, resulted in the beating of the local Qatar pairing! Meanwhile, interest in sports law was provided by a lively discussion [...]

SPORTS LAW: TIM BAILEY SPECIALIST SPORTS LAWYER

SPORTS LAW: TIM BAILEY SPECIALIST SPORTS LAWYER

SPORTS LAW – TIM BAILEY SPECIALIST SPORTS LAWYER You may have noticed that yesterday Tim Bailey put up a Post on a very interesting legal development relating to compensation after a football contract had gone ‘sour’ between Stephen Appiah and Fenerbahce. What was this about – you may have been asking? Well, Tim Bailey is a specialist sports lawyer based [...]