ECA

Working Groups

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 Butragueño - Real Madrid CF | ESP

Members:
Jean-Claude Blanc - Paris St-Germain FC | FRA
Sandro Mencucci - ACF Fiorentina | ITA
Jesus Arroyo - Sevilla FC | ESP
Christian Hockenjos - Borussia Dortmund | GER
Filips Dhondt - AS Monaco | FRA
Bruce Buck - Chelsea FC | ENG
John Alexander - Manchester United FC | ENG
Wouter van Zetten - AZ Alkmaar | NED
Jakub Otava - AC Sparta Praha | CZE
Vincent Mannaert - Club Brugge | BEL
Lubos Michel - PAOK FC | GRE
Valeriu Argaseala - FC Steaua Bucuresti | ROM
Amra Peternel - GNK Dinamo | CRO
Duncan Fraser - Aberdeen FC | SCO
Itamar Chizik - Maccabi Haifa FC | ISR
Niels-Christian Holmstrom - FC Kobenhavn | DEN
Nils Skutle - Rosenborg BK | NOR
Piotr Rutkowski - KKS Lech Poznan | POL
Vidar Halldorsson - FH Hafnarfjördur | ISL

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:
Andy Young - Manchester City FC | ENG
Alain Deveseleer - FC Girondins de Bordeaux | FRA
Rebecca Caplehorn - Tottenham Hotspur FC | ENG
Andrea Chiavelli - SSC Napoli | ITA
Clemente Villaverde Huelga - Atlético de Madrid | ESP
Thomas Treß - Borussia Dortmund | GER
Tim Schumacher - VfL Wolfsburg | GER
Miguel Moreira - SL Benfica | POR
Gyulnara Akhmedzhanova - FC Shakhtar Donetsk | UKR
Roman Babaev - PFC CSKA Moskva | RUS
Sinan Zengin - Trabzonspor AS | TUR
Pierre Locht - R. Standard de Liège | BEL 
Bojan Ban - NK Maribor | SVN
Tarje Jacobsen - Molde FK | NOR
Thomas Schwarz - FK Austria Wien | AUT
Eric Riley - Celtic FC | SCO
Alexander Alexandrov - PFC Ludogorets | BUL
Annabel Llevot - FC Santa Coloma | AND
Finnbogi Arge - HB Torshavn | FRO
Mindaugas Nikolicius - FK Zalgiris | LTU 

Institutional
Relations

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

Acting Chairman: 
Stefano Bertola - Juventus | ITA
Vice-Chairman: 
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Members:
Mauro Baldissoni - AS Roma | ITA
Daniel Lorenz - FC Porto | POR
Vincent Ponsot - Olympique Lyonnais | FRA
Jan Räker - VfB Stuttgart | GER
Jesus Paniagua - Valencia CF | ESP
Giovanni Gardini - FC Internazionale Milano | ITA
Bernhard Heusler - FC Basel 1893 | SUI
Peter Fossen - PSV | NED
Patrick Janssens - KRC Genk | BEL
Pavel Pivovarov - FC Zenit | RUS
Kiryl Maleyeu - FC Dinamo Minsk | BLR
Florian Müller - FC Red Bull Salzburg | AUT
Stefan Pantovic - FK Crvena Zvezda | SRB
Efthimios Agathokleous - APOEL FC | CYP
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:
Edward Woodward - Manchester United FC | ENG
Vice-Chairman: Stefan Mennerich - FC Bayern München | GER

Members:
Begoña Sanz Orea - Real Madrid CF | ESP
Vinai Venkatesham - Arsenal FC | ENG
Jochen Rotthaus - Bayer 04 Leverkusen | GER
Bernard Caiazzo - AS Saint-Etienne | FRA
Tudor Pop - CFR 1907 Cluj | ROM
Mark Koevermans - Feyenoord Rotterdam | NED
Jaromir Hamouz - FC Viktoria Plzen | CZE
Stamatis Garris - Panathinaikos FC | GRE
Thomas Christensen - Odense BK | DEN
Werner Kuhn - SK Rapid Wien | AUT
Charles Maskelyne - FC Nordsjaelland | DEN
Nenad Danilovic - FK Partizan | SRB
Niclas Carlnén - Malmö FF | SWE
Vitalie Gramada - FC Zimbru Chisinau | MDA
Pal Orosz - Ferencvarosi TC | HUN
Orkhan Huseynadze - PFC Neftchi | AZE 

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:
Jon Berasategi Zabala - Athletic Club | ESP
Fernando Roig Negueroles - Villarreal CF | ESP
Roberto Samaden - FC Internazionale Milano | ITA
David Harrison - Everton FC | ENG
Nuno Miguel Ribeiro - SL Benfica | POR
Patricia Silva Lopes - Sporting Clube de Portugal | POR
Revaz Tchokhonelidze - FC Dynamo Kyiv | UKR
Katia Koxenoglu - Atromitos FC | GRE
Jan Skypala - FK Teplice | CZE
Jean Kindermans - RSC Anderlecht | BEL
Narcis Raducan - CS Pandurii | ROM
Andrei Vashkevich - BATE Borisov | BLR
Kim Vilfort - Brondby IF | DEN
Kristjan Markovic - NK Domzale | SVN
Patrick van Leeuwen - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC | ISR
Alen Rivetti - NK Rijeka | CRO
Peter Pekara - MSK Zilina | SVK
Ian Williams - The New Saints | WAL
Dragan Soldo - NK Siroki Brijeg | BIH