Issued on: 10/09/2019 - 23:22 Milan (AFP) Inter Milan president Steven Zhang said on Tuesday he was ready to shake up European football with his youthful energy and enthusiasm after being elected onto the board of the European Club Association (ECA).Zhang, 27, becomes the first Chinese among the 24 board members of the ECA which represents 246 clubs, elected on a four-year mandate until 2023."I'm young, but age doesn't matter," Zhang told journalists in Geneva after his election. "I bring my energy and my enthusiasm, new ideas to European football. I feel ready at my age for the new job." Zhang -- appointed Inter president last October -- is the son of Zhang Jindong, chairman of the Chinese Suning Commerce Group, who own a controlling stake in Inter since 2016."Suning have been in football for five or six years, I have been in charge of Inter for three. I'm still in a learning phase," continued Zhang."I can offer my freshness, my competence and even a global vision of football."I … [Read more...] about Inter president Zhang ready to shake up European football
The European Clubs Association (ECA) ended a well attended two-day meeting in Malta yesterday with chairman Andrea Agnelli, who is also the Juventus FC president, addressing the press at the Inter Continental Hotel in St Julian's. Agnelli said the meeting was only the start of what the ECA is hoping to achieve by the year 2024, that is, when a new cycle of European club football will get under way. He said that he is at the helm of Juventus, a club which, for a whole 96 years, has been led by his family. He went on to say that what the ECA was after was the development of the game and the players from all the tiers of European Football, not just the five top leagues on the continent. He said the Malta special assembly was called to kick start this debate. "It will be a long process and will take several months before agreement can be reached. Many thought that decisions had already been taken before the meeting. But their scepticism and fear was ruled out at the end of the meeting as … [Read more...] about ECA wants collective concept for European football
By Abdul Kerimkhanov Azerbaijani football club Qarabag continues to be present the country at a high level in the European arena. It the updated ranking of football clubs for the 2018-2019 season, Qarabag FC took its place ahead of the several giants of European football. The national club from Agdam region has 22,000 points, thanks to which the club has retained its 70th place. The current champion of Azerbaijan has surpassed such European football giants as Dutch Feyenoord, who is the 71st with 22,000 points in the ranking, and Italian Milan that took the 78th place with 19,000 points. In addition, such prominent clubs as the Spanish Real Sociedad (75th place, 20,713 points), English Everton (84th, 17,092 points), and Russian Spartak (89th, 16,080 points) are behind Qarabag FC. As for other Azerbaijani clubs, Qabala FC with 6.250 points is the 173rd, while Keshla, Neftchi and Zira football clubs occupy the 273rd, 274th and 275th places, respectively. Real Madrid … [Read more...] about Qarabag FC ahead of European football giants in UEFA ranking
Business By Bill Wilson Business reporter, BBC News 30 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48444575 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The big five European leagues generated a record €15.6bn (£13.8bn) in revenue in … [Read more...] about European football ‘worth a record £25bn’
As well as bidding farewell to some beloved characters, the end of Game of Thrones means we can also say goodbye to the drawing of tenuous links between sport and the goings-on in Westeros.So, now our watch has ended, no longer will live matches open with a goal montage featuring medieval script and brooding cello music; gone too are comparisons between Cersei Lannister and various power-hungry managers; also out are lazy metaphors about how the battle for [insert name of trophy here] is like the struggle for the Iron Throne. Or at least they soon will be. For what is next week’s Europa League final but the climax of a long-running saga in which explosive action in exotic locations makes us forget about the boring, ploddy bits earlier on?The hit series took almost a decade to resolve itself in a hail of dragonfire; the Europa League doesn’t take quite as long, even though it feels like the early rounds happened back in the time of swords and sorcery.The makers of Game of … [Read more...] about Has European football become too big for Uefa to control?