ECA

Working Groups

Institutional Relations Working Group (London, May 2011)

Since the creation of ECA, working groups have been an important cornerstone of ECA's organisational structure. They provide active advice and support to the ECA Executive Board and to ECA representatives participating in committees or working groups at UEFA, FIFA and EU level. Their contribution is key and strategic to the association. In addition, they drive membership engagement and communication across the organisation on key issues, challenges and opportunities.

The European Club Association counts five different working groups, which each deal with one of the following topics: Competitions, Finance, Institutional Relations, Marketing & Communication, Youth.

The ECA working group concept is based on the following principles:

  • The four subdivisions have to be proportionally and evenly represented;
  • The working groups are composed of 20 members plus the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman;
  • The Working Groups meet at least twice per year at the occasion of the General Assembly; however, ad-hoc meetings may be organised depending on the urgency of the matters;
  • The Working Group Chairman can set up a "Task Force" upon specific need if an urgent matter arises.

Competitions

The mission of the Competitions Working Group is to lead the management and control of the club competitions through the relevant UEFA and FIFA club football committees.

Chairman:
Umberto Gandini  - AC Milan  | ITA
Vice-Chairman: Emilio Butrageno - Real Madrid CF | ESP

Members:
Darren Eales - Tottenham Hotspur FC | ENG
Jean-Claude Blanc - Paris St-Germain FC | FRA
Frédéric Paquet - LOSC Lille | FRA
Christian Hockenjos - Borussia Dortmund | GER
Sandro Mencucci - ACF Fiorentina | ITA
Fernando Roig Negueroles - Villarreal CF | ESP
Andrey Gromov - FC Rubin Kazan | RUS
Charles Maskelyne - FC Nordsjaelland | DEN
Niels-Christian Holmstrom - FC Kobenhavn | DEN
Turgut Acar - Fenerbahçe SK | TUR
Henk Kesler - FC Twente | NED
Todor Batkov - PFC Levski Sofia | BUL
Itamar Chizik - Maccabi Haifa FC | ISR
Duncan Fraser - FC Aberdeen | SCO
Peter Pekara - MSK Zilina | SVK
Nils Skutle - Rosenborg BK | NOR
Paul Myllenberg - Helsingborgs IF | SWE
Theimo Tülp - FC Levadia Tallinn | EST
Nikola Prentic - FC Buducnost Podgorica | MNE

Finance

The mission of the Finance Working Group is to address all issues related to club finance, to optimise resource allocation and club business management.

Chairman: 
Jean-Michel Aulas - Olympique Lyonnais | FRA
Vice-Chairman:
Michael Verschueren - RSC Anderlecht | BEL

Members:
Jorge Chumillas - Manchester City | ENG
Stuart Wisely - Arsenal FC | ENG
Alain Deveseleer - FC Girondins de Bordeaux | FRA
Christian Clever - Borussia Mönchengladbach | GER
Andrea Chiavelli - SSC Napoli | ITA
Claudio Fenucci - AS Roma | ITA
Miguel Moreira - SL Benfica | POR
Clemente Villaverde Huelga - Atlético de Madrid | ESP
Manuel Novo - Málaga CF | ESP
Andreas Themistocleous - Anorthosis Famagusta | CYP
Katrien Meire - R. Standard de Ličge | BEL
Gyulnara Akhmedzhanova - FC Shakhtar Donetsk | UKR
Thomas Schwarz - FK Austria Wien | AUT
Yaniv Meshulam - Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC | ISR
Eric Riley - Celtic FC | SCO
Bosse Johansson - IF Elfsborg | SWE
Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen - Molde FK | NOR
Bojan Ban - NK Maribor | SVN
Vidar Halldórsson - FH Hafnarfjördur | ICE
Annabel Llevot - FC Santa Coloma  | AND

Institutional
Relations

The mission of the Institutional Relations Working Group is to strengthen the ECA position and representation among different stakeholders in European football.

Chairman: 
Andrea Agnelli - Juventus | ITA
Vice-Chairman: 
Theodore Giannikos - Olympiacos FC | GRE

Members:
Darren Preston - Fulham FC | ENG
Cédric Dufoix - Olympique de Marseille | FRA
Vincent Ponsot - Olympique Lyonnais | FRA
Tim Schumacher - VfL Wolfsburg | GER
Marco Fassone - FC Internazionale Milano | ITA
Daniel Lorenz - FC Porto | POR
Alvaro Garcia-Alaman - Real Madrid CF | ESP
Dirk Degraen - KRC Genk | BEL
Peter Fossen - PSV Eindhoven | NED
Pavel Pivovarov - FC Zenit St. Petersburg | RUS
Bernhard Heusler - FC Basel | SWI
Ebru Köksal - Galatasaray SK | TUR
Florian Müller - FC Red Bull Salzburg | AUT
Jack Angelides - Maccabi Tel-Aviv | ISR
Peter Lawwell - Celtic FC | SCO
Stefan Pantovic - FK Crvena Zvezda | SRB
Valeriu Argaseala - Steaua Bucuresti | ROM
Dritan Gjyrezi - KF Vllaznia | ALB
Geza Roka - Debreceni VSC | HUN
John Borg - Birkirkara FC | MLT

Marketing
& Comm.

The mission of the Marketing & Communication Working Group is to oversee on club football marketing, communication and promotion, as well as to define a coherent and up-to-date strategy around commercial opportunities.

Chairman:
Ed Woodward - Manchester United FC | ENG
Vice-Chairman: TBC

Members:
Vinai Venkatesham - Arsenal FC | ENG
Richard Arnold - Manchester United | ENG
Klaus Filbry - Werder Bremen | GER
Joachim Hilke - Hamburger SV | GER
Francesco Calvo - Juventus FC | ITA
Giorgio Ricci - FC Internazionale Milano | ITA
Sancho Freitas - Maritimo da Madeira Futebol | POR
Jesus Arroyo Sánchez - Sevilla FC | ESP
Luis Manuel Ribeiro Douwens Vicente - Valencia CF | ESP
Thomas Christensen - Odense BK | DEN
Katia Koxenoglu - Atromitos Athens FC | GRE
Mark Koevermans - Feyenoord Rotterdam | NED
Lutfi Aribogan - Galatasaray SK | TUR
Roman Babaev - PFC CSKA Moskva | RUS
Andrei Vashkevich - FC BATE Borisov | BLR
Jaromir Hamouz - FC Viktoria Plzen | CZE
Kari Haapiainen - HJK Helsinki | FIN
Pál Orosz - Ferencvaros | HUN
Dino Selimovic - FK Sarajevo | BIH

Youth

The mission of the Youth Working Group is to stimulate, develop and protect the grassroots of European club football.

Chairman:
Edwin Van der Sar - AFC Ajax | NED
Vice-Chairman: Bodo Menze - FC Schalke 04 | GER

Members:
Brian McClair - Manchester United | ENG
Liam Brady - Arsenal FC | ENG
Roberto Samaden - FC Internazionale Milano | ITA
Patrícia Silva Lopes - Sporting Clube de Portugal | POR
Bruno de Macedo - Sporting Braga | POR
Luis Vicente Mateo - Valencia CF | ESP
Jon Berasategi Zabala - Athletic Club | ESP
Anton Chistyakov - PFC CSKA Moskva | RUS
Kim Vilfort - Brřndby IF | DEN
Revaz Tchokhonelidze - FC Dynamo Kyiv | UKR
Trifon Popov - PFC Litex Lovech | BUL
Dragan Soldo - NK Siroki Brijeg | BIH
Jan Skýpala - FK Teplice | CZE
Ari Masalin - FC Honka Espoo | FIN
James Kerr - Linfield FC | NIR
Ian Williams - The New Saints | WAL
Davit Alaverdyan - FC Banants | ARM
Guy Fusenig - CS Grevenmacher | LUX
Romeo Jozak - Expert | CRO
Ruben Jongkind - Expert | NED