News 14.10.2010

AS participated in prestigious conference at Stamford Bridge

Igor Schlesinger: "Events like this open your eyes and break stereotypes"

President of the Spanish Football Federation Angel Maria Villar Llona, captain of Everton Phil Neville, co-owner of Chelsea FC Bruce Buck, owner of the teams of NHL St. Louis Blues and MLS Real Salt Lake Dave Checketts, manager of Arsenal FC Arsene Wenger, and many others including the bosses of organizational committees of the candidate countries for hosting the World Cup 2018 and 2022 - all of these people held presentations at the event “Leaders in football“ that took place at the stadium of one of the best world football clubs Chelsea FC last weekend.

Marketing manager of AS Trenčín Igor Schlesinger and owner of FK Púchov Jaroslav Rosina were the only representatives from Slovakia among approximately thousand delegates. “It was the third part of the conference. According to the organizers, it was the biggest event of this kind in the world. The number of participants including representatives of all fields of the football community who came to share their ideas and experience proves their words,“ said Schlesinger for the beginning.

No other event including the Olympics can generate such financial revenues, attract so many spectators, and have such a significant impact on the development of the hosting countries like the football World Cup. “It was interesting to witness how tough the negotiations were. For instance, the coach of Barcelona Pep Guardiola advocated the positions of Qatar and Roman Abramovič came to support the Russian candidacy,“ disclosed the head of marketing and added some tips, “From what I have seen, I’d bet that the World Cup 2018 will be in Russia. Four years later it might be Qatar or the USA.“

The head of the organizational committee of the recently finished championship in South Africa also mentioned Slovakia as an example of football progress in the world. “The participants discussed a lot of matters – the future of the game, social networks, betting, big financial issues of the Premier League clubs as well as introduction of pay ceilings and a general winter break in the league. The member of the executive committee FIFA and head of medical commission Michel d’Hooghe said that nine out of ten injuries are caused by an enormous game load of the top players.“

The head of marketing of Sony Ericsson Stephan Croix talked about the huge influence of social networks. His counterpart in Manchester City David Pullan discussed the issue of “a return to the fans” – their initiative to let them create and participate in the club life.

And what are the lessons learned for football in Trenčín resulting from the conference? “We had an opportunity to meet and discuss with people responsible for managing certain units in Real Madrid or Manchester City. It was an inspiration for our further work. We have to go step by step and make small achievements. We also know that if we really want to improve, we have to compare to the best. Events like this open your eyes and break long-year stereotypes. While everyone in Slovakia only cares about their own business perceiving competition as something negative, this forum has shown that working together is extremely important for the future and good of the game. Cooperation can bring synergic effect for everyone including the most important – football fans.”

Author: ek, mg
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Standings
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 57:14 68
2. MŠK Žilina 48:25 51
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 42:28 50
4. FC Spartak Trnava 30:32 35
5. MFK Ružomberok 28:33 32
6. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 31:49 32
7. AS Trenčín 52:43 39
8. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 27:33 33
9. ŠKF Sereď 29:41 27
10. FK Senica 26:40 26
11. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 25:44 26
12. FC Nitra 23:36 25

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