CIES Football Observatory, Brand new Annual Review 2013

CIES at SportAccord Convention, St. Petersburg

FIFA Master conference on 18th July 2013 in Neuchâtel

Portrait of Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA President



Five FIFA/CIES Programme students to participate in the FIFA Master programme

Workshop: Inequality and integration in sport, 26-28 June 2013, Bern (Switzerland)

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CIES Highlights No 5, May 2013



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The CIES Football Observatory launches the 2013 Annual Review

Annual Review 2013


The CIES Football Observatory is pleased to announce the launch the eighth edition of the Annual Review. This reference publication presents a comparative analysis of clubs and players in the big-5 European leagues at demographic, economic and pitch performance levels. An excerpt of the study is to be found on the Football Observatory’s website.

The Annual Review notably reveals that Lionel Messi would largely break the 94-million euro transfer fee record. Estimated on the basis of an exclusive econometric model, his value is between 217 and 252 million euro. With an estimated value between 102 and 118 million, Cristiano Ronaldo would probably also break his own record.

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CIES joins SportAccord Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia

CIES Alumni and Vincent Schatzmann, CIES General Secretary, at SportAccord Convention, May 26th - 31st 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia


The 2013 SportAccord Convention was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 26th – 31st May and for the third year running the CIES attended as an exhibitor.

The presence of the CIES at the SportAccord Convention, which is the largest congress in the sports industry calendar, is an important platform for the CIES to showcase its research, teaching and consultancy expertise to a wide international audience. It also provides important marketing and networking opportunities for collaborations with various international sports federations.

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FIFA Master: International sports conferences on July 18th 2013

Prof. Denis Oswald, CIES Director, Kylie Isdale and Lindsay-Anne Freire, alumni of the 12th edition of the FIFA Master


On 18th July 2013, the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) will welcome representatives from the sports industry to Neuchâtel, Switzerland for its annual ‘FIFA Master Conference’. This year’s conference marks the 13th anniversary of the FIFA Master programme.

Ranked as the leading postgraduate sports management course in Europe by SportBusiness International in 2012 and 2013, CIES will welcome the sports industry to a one-day international conference. Taking place on Thursday 18th July from 13.00-17.30 in Neuchâtel, the conference showcases the scientific contributions that this year’s FIFA Master graduates have made to the sports industry through their final projects. The conference is free to attend and open to everyone working in sport.

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Let's hear from... Joseph S. Blatter!

Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA since 1998


He joined the International Federation in 1975, when there were just a few employees. Ever since, he has actively contributed to its incredible expansion, first as technical director, and then as General Secretary.

As the head of an entity comprising nearly 400 colleagues, today he watches over the interests of FIFA and global football in an increasingly complex, fast-paced and ever changing world. By actively tackling the numerous challenges faced by football managers, Joseph. S. Blatter understood the necessity of introducing ad hoc training programmes, which he has concretely implemented by establishing CIES in 1995. Ever since, he has kept a watchful eye on FIFA's "academic arm", which generously embraces all kinds of sports.

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