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Where do you find a Sporting Director?

By Dr Dan Parnell and Dr Paul Widdop Where do you find a Sporting Director in football?  We have seen a growing media lens and attention given to the Sporting Director role in football (or Director of Football, Technical Director,... Continue Reading →

Building International Relationships through Social Media Marketing: A Netnography of Football Communities

Alex Fenton - Building International Relationships through Social Media Marketing: A Netnography of Football Communities. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Social media and international fans

By Alex Fenton Over the last couple of years, I’ve been using digital tools to analyse and interview football fans from all over the world to ask them about their experiences. This is part of my PhD research into online football communities.... Continue Reading →

A networked view of the international mobility of minors in football

By Alex Bond, Paul Widdop and Dan Parnell The recent CIES Football Observatory Monthly Report investigated the international mobility of minors in football. The findings suggest a trading or mobility network of under 18yr old male athletes. However, they do... Continue Reading →

Film: Mike Green – European Football Journal

Mike Green from Hartpury College presents insight into the European Football Journal. The journal is set to host its first event at St Georges Park on 4 May 2017. Book on the event here. The event was held at FC... Continue Reading →

The ‘Networked’ rise and power of the Football Super-Agent

By Dr Paul Widdop, Dr Dan Parnell & Tony Asghar   This summer, even for the hedonistic consumption of the Premier League, was unprecedented. Spending topped one billion pounds, with Manchester United breaking the World transfer record, in the region... Continue Reading →

English Premier League Trading System

By Paul Widdop Dr Paul Widdop, along with colleagues at the University of Konstanz (Prof. Ulrik Brandes); the Mitchell Centre (Prof. Martin Everett); and Alliance Manchester Business School (Prof. Adam Leaver) examine the structure of the transfer system of the... Continue Reading →

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