Statistics, an increasingly essential part of football

Statistics, an increasingly essential part of football

Ribéry best performing big-5 league player … after Messi Continuing on from last season, Lionel Messi again tops the CIES Football Observatory ranking for the best performing player in 2012/13. However, the second ranked player, Franck Ribéry, almost achieves the same performance levels. This should make him a serious outsider for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Based on data [...]

Football, branding and marketing…

Football, branding and marketing…

The relationship between major brands and football is now firmly established. Brands crave the exposure that being associated with a major football club, player, competition or organizations can bring, and everyone in the latter group either wants or needs the money that brands will pay to sponsor them. Because there’s big money and long numbers involved. For example, Manchester United’s [...]

“Motivation”  A grassroots Project that motivates excellence in football

“Motivation” A grassroots Project that motivates excellence in football

“Motivation”  a grassroots Project that motivates excellence in football – as well as educational achievement in Latin-America for young footballers from 14 to 18 years old. A unique opportunity to invest in football development in Uruguay SUMMARY: Diego Forlan, Alvaro Recoba, Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani, all started their football at ONFI – Organización Nacional de Futbol Infantil (National Infant Foottball [...]

Bad results and football managers tumble…

Bad results and football managers tumble…

When a team is in crisis, the easiest solution is to sack the head coach. It’s easier and cheaper than sacking the whole team! Managers will often find themselves with a squad that they never asked for, or inherited or were signed by the director of football, who may not be thinking of the system the coach wishes to use. [...]

Anthony Hudson, a superb and innovative football coach

Anthony Hudson, a superb and innovative football coach

Anthony Hudson is the youngest UK coach to possess a coaching Pro-license  qualification, the highest coaching qualification given by the F.A. (by invitation only!). Still only 31, and with vast coaching experience already, I have mentioned Anthony previously on my blog, and one of his more recent reports is well worth reading. In March 2012, Anthony Hudson was appointed manager of the Bahrain [...]

What you say can pay - image rights for sports stars!

What you say can pay – image rights for sports stars!

The Channel Island of Guernsey looks set to introduce the world’s first legislation allowing professional athletes and sports teams to register their image rights by the end of 2012. I am often asked to advise players on their image rights and the process developed in Guernsey will soon be available to professional athletes and sports teams to protect and exploit their image [...]

Champions League group stage draw in full

Champions League group stage draw in full

Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kyiv, Paris Saint-Germain, Dinamo Zagreb Group B: Arsenal, Schalke 04, Olympiacos, Montpellier Group C: Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, Nordsjaelland Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, Bate Borisov Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic Group H: Manchester United, Braga, [...]

The most valuable football clubs in the world

The most valuable football clubs in the world

Barclays Premier League club Manchester United remains the most valuable brand in world football, according to the latest annual figures revealed within the Brand Finance Football 50 rankings. A dramatic final day of the season saw Manchester United miss out on a 20th league title at the expense of local rival Manchester City. However, United remains the most valuable brand [...]