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La Liga and UC partnership to professionalise the industry

Representatives from La Liga and the University of Canberra (UC) have shared their intentions to professionalise the local sports industry.

Representatives from La Liga and the University of Canberra (UC) shared their intentions to professionalise the local sports industry through their partnership at a webinar on Thursday night.

La Liga’s educational department, the La Liga Business School and the University of Canberra announced a collaborative agreement last week. The partnership will see La Liga Business School and the University of Canberra work on educational projects together.

Speaking at the ‘Beyond 2020: Professional Football Strategy – A discussion with La Liga’ webinar, LaLiga’s delegate in Australia and New Zealand, Glen Rolls said that it was exciting to be able to partner with the University of Canberra in La Liga’s first partnership in education in Australia.

“We certainly look forward to developing more programs to help … professionalise the industry moving forward,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to share our knowledge in each of these markets but we also want to be able to learn, to be able to grow as an organisation itself. So, there is certainly some key learnings that we can also learn as an organisation from the local football industry here.”

The webinar was the first event held by La Liga and the University of Canberra since the partnership was announced.

University of Canberra Academic and former FIFA Assistant Referee Allyson Flynn said that the university is developing a robust sporting reputation worldwide.

“UC is excited to partner with the La Liga Business School to achieve the objectives of the La Liga’s international development strategy,” Flynn said.

“There are several synergies that arise through the aim of professionalising sports management education and the local sports industry.

“The university is well equipped to co-develop and deliver material with our industry partners such as Capital Football.

“This partnership reaffirms UC is the home of sport and UC’s place as a leader and innovator in sports management education.”

Capital Football CEO Phil Brown and Villarreal C.F Business Development Manager Mar Llaneza also spoke at the event.

Phil Brown said that the partnership would help the sports industry both in Canberra and across Australia.

“I think it’s a great opportunity especially for the young, up and coming sports administrators that might be able to access some learning from some of the best in the world in a partnership with the University of Canberra,” he said.

 

Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

Acun Medya Group secures Hull City takeover

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, headed by Acun Ilicali.

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, for a fee in the reported region of $37 million AUD.

Acun Ilicali, a 52-year-old businessman and owner of Acun Medya Group, was introduced to fans at the MKM Stadium prior to the club’s 2-0 win at home over Blackburn Rovers.

The takeover brings the controversial ownership of the Allam family to an end, much to the delight of fans after a roller coaster 11 years in charge.

Despite overseeing two promotions to the Premier League, an FA Cup Final and Hull’s first-ever foray into a European competition through the UEFA Europa League in 2014, the Allam family became increasingly unpopular with the fans.

The unpopularity of the Allam family is due to many different reasons, however it all started when the family proposed a name change to ‘Hull Tigers’ back in 2013. The move was ultimately blocked by authorities a year later, which frustrated the Allams and they then put the club up for sale, straining the relationship with fans and seeing a decline in attendances at home fixtures.

The new ownership will look to win back supporters and turn the negative tide.

Acun Medya Group Owner, Acun Ilicali:

“I am happy that I have fulfilled one of my biggest dreams. We are starting a beautiful journey with Hull City. We have many big dreams and goals to achieve together with our fans,” he said.

Outgoing Vice-Chairman Ehab Allam:

“During our tenure, we have worked hard to create a sustainable model and successful academy set-up, giving the club the foundations it needs for the future,” he said.

“There have been lots of ups and downs over the last 11 years or so, but we will take some very fond memories with us… We have taken a very business-led approach to running the club and I truly hope Acun can rebuild the relationship with the fanbase and also bring back the success on the pitch that fans crave and deserve.”

Hertha Berlin pushing hard for stadium upgrade

Top-flight German football club Hertha Berlin has reiterated its intention to develop a new stadium nearby to the Olympiastadion.

Top-flight German football club Hertha Berlin has reiterated its intention to develop a new stadium nearby to its current home, the Olympiastadion, releasing fresh renderings of its vision for such a project.

The club has been attempting to progress plans to develop a new home for several years and in February 2020 stated that the OlympiaPark would be the preferred location.

In November 2018, Hertha confirmed it was targeting an opening date in July 2025 for a new-look Olympiastadion, with preference to be building a completely new stadium rather than renovating the current one.

The current Olympiastadion has been home to Hertha Berlin for almost 60 years, and has a capacity of around 74,000. However, the club is seeking a more intimate stadium for its fans, as well as the inclusion of an athletics track.

Hertha’s former stadium commissioner, Klaus Teichert, withdrew an application for a decision to be made on the location for a new stadium, with Brandenburg also put forward as a potential location.

Hertha Berlin Chief Financial Officer, Ingo Schiller:

“We have entered into talks with the new government and are working hard to set the course for our new stadium in 2022,” he said.

“The stadium is the club’s most important project, especially in terms of the economic situation.”

There is a lot of political support necessary for the project to get approved, as the potential worksite currently includes residential apartments, a big reason for negotiations coming to a stall at times.

A resident spoke to local radio station rbb24:

“You talk about ir, but not with us. We are still not prepared to sell our apartments in Sportforumstraße or to negotiate about them,” they said.

“It is very unfortunate that our residents in Sportforumstraße are once again unsettled by this uncoordinated approach.”

Hertha Berlin and backers of the new stadium have been in negotiation with Berlin’s sports senator, Iris Spranger, with talks to continue over the next month.

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