Senior leaders from FIFPro, The FA, EFL, Juventus and Copa90, and former French internationals are among the latest speakers confirmed for Soccerex Europe to be held on September 5/6 in Oeiras, Portugal. The two-day football business event is held in partnership with the Oeiras Municipality and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), and with the support of Liga Portugal, LaLiga and Totum Sport. The event will see over 1500 industry figures gather to address the future of football in Europe.
With the restart of domestic European leagues looming, activity in the European transfer market has drastically increased in recent weeks as teams look to build the strongest team possible to start the new season. Theo van Seggelen, General Secretary of FIFPro, will complete a panel consisting of football legend Deco, legal expert Daniel Cravo, financial analyst Esteve Calzada and player agent Dr. Erkut Sögüt LL.M., to assess the current state of the transfer market, the role player trading plays in a club business and what the future of the player market might look like.
Also familiar with the European transfer market, are two former French internationals who were the subjects of multiple transfers throughout the continent, Christian Karembeu and Louis Saha. At Soccerex Europe, the pair will discuss the role of current and former players as influencers, how social media is used by the modern player and the ways they are now embracing the opportunity – and responsibility – to be role models for causes beyond the game.
Another former international that has recently been added to the conference programme is Rebecca Smith, who captained New Zealand at international level during her playing career. Smith, currently Global Executive Director of the Women’s Game for Copa90, will join Marzena Bogdanowicz, Head of Marketing and Commercial – Women’s Football, and Laura Georges, General Secretary – French Football Federation, to discuss the rise of women’s football, look back on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and draw upon the impact the competition has had on the levels of participation, media coverage and financial growth in the sport. The 2019 iteration of the tournament broke records not only on the pitch, but produced record-breaking viewing statistics, proving the women’s game continues to grow in stature, constantly attracting and engaging new fans.
In all forms of modern football, fan engagement is essential for the growth of the game as a whole, and the individual organisations within. James Dickens, Global Editor-in-Chief of Goal – one of the most recognisable digital football brands – will direct a panel of experts to look at the new and innovative campaigns that our panellists have been directly involved with, as well as reviewing how online and offline activity can complement each other on matchdays. Mark Rowan, Communications Director of the EFL will join club representatives Egor Kretsan, New Media Director – FC Zenit, and Gonçalo Azevedo Ferreira, Director – SC Braga, in the discussion of this increasingly crucial topic at the event.
In addition to the numerous clubs and rights holders already involved with Soccerex Europe, Juventus will be a part of the conference as Stefano Bertola, Head of Public Affairs, will discuss the modern club business model, alongside José María Cruz, CEO, Sevilla FC, and Domingos Soares de Oliveira, CEO, Benfica Group. Former President of AS Monaco, Jerome de Bontin, also joins the programme as part of the future of football ownership session.
With Soccerex Europe little over a month away, the world class conference agenda – which will focus on the future of football across the continent – is set to be one of the greatest in the Soccerex event portfolio, covering a diverse range of the most important topics in the industry. Over the two days, more than 1500 participants will have a great variety of structured and informal opportunities to establish contact with delegates from all over the world.