Soccerex European Forum Breaks New Record

10 Apr 2012

The last week of March saw the third edition of Europe’s premier football business event, the Soccerex European Forum take place in Manchester. Initial figures show over 1,600 delegates attended the event, a 15% increase on 2011 and a new record for the event. The Forum was a huge success for all those in attendance and 50% of the exhibition space for the 2013 event has already been sold through onsite re-bookings alone.

Duncan Revie Soccerex CEO commented: “I’m very proud to see the European Forum continue to grow beyond our expectations. The speakers this year were excellent, the exhibition hall was bustling and as always a lot of business was done. It was an exceptional event and once again shows why Soccerex leads the way in football business.”

The event saw big names from business and football come together for 2 days of networking, learning and business including the likes of Gianni Infantino, General Secretary, UEFA, Stuart Pearce, Manager, England U-21/GB Olympic Team, Patrick Vieira, FAO Ambassador & Football Development Executive, Manchester City FC, Rafael Benitez, Former Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan Manager, Denni Strich, Marketing Director, Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB), Terry Venables, Former England Manager, Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director, UEFA, Gaizka Mendieta, Sky Sports/Former Spanish International, Niall Sloane, Director of Sport, ITV, Gary Neville, Sky Sports/Former England International, Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United, Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United, Brian Barwick, Founding Partner, Barwick Media and Sport, Phil Thompson, Peter Reid, Bryan Robson, John Barnes, Gerard Houllier, Former Technical Director, French Football Federation and David Sheepshanks, Chairman, St George’s Park/National Football Centre.

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Big clubs receive ref advantage – Man City’s Patrick Vieira
Vieira and Club anger at BBC interview
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England Manager Shouldn’t Be Foreigner, Ex-Manager Venables Says
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