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 & Communications, 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 - AS Roma | ITA

Members:
Jes˙s Arroyo Sßnchez - Sevilla FC | ESP
Emilio Butrague˝o - Real Madrid CF | ESP
Bernard Caiazzo - AS Saint-tienne | FRA
Jacques Henri Eyraud - Olympique de Marseille | FRA
Christian Clever - Borussia VFL 1900 M÷nchengladbach | GER
Christian Hockenjos - Borussia Dortmund | GER
Maurizio Lombardo - Juventus | ITA
Roman Babayev - CSKA Moskva | RUS
Raphael Landthaler - SK Rapid Wien | AUT
Vincent Mannaert - Club Brugge | BEL
Jiri Vrba - SK Slavia Praha | CZE
Lubos Michel - PAOK FC | GRE
Cenk ErgŘn - Galatasaray AS | TUR
Asif Asgarov - Qarabag FK | AZE
Amra Peternel - GNK Dinamo | CRO
Stig Inge Bj°rnebye - Rosenborg BK | NOR
Valeriu Argaseala - FC FCSB | ROM
Niclas CarlnÚn - Malm÷ FF | SWE
Vi­ar Halldˇrsson - FH Hafnarfj÷r­ur | ISL
Karolis Skinkys - FK Suduva | LTU
Peter Pekara - MŽK ┤ilina | SVK

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: 
Michael Verschueren - RSC Anderlecht (BEL)

Members:
Steve Deaville - Manchester United FC | ENG
Andy Young - Manchester City | ENG
JosÚ MarÝa Cruz de AndrÚs - Sevilla FC | ESP
Clemente Villaverde - Club AtlÚtico de Madrid | ESP
Pedro Uribe-Etxeberria - Real Sociedad de F˙tbol | ESP
Marc Ingla - LOSC Lille | FRA
Alain Deveseleer - FC Girondins de Bordeaux | FRA
Florian Hopp - RB Leipzig | GER
Oliver Frankenbach - Eintracht Frankfurt | GER
Andrea Chiavelli - SSC Napoli | ITA
Elena Eremeeva - FC Zenit | RUS
Thomas Schwarz - FK Austria Wien | AUT
Miguel Moreira - SL Benfica | POR
Serdar Yildiz - Fenerbahše SK | TUR
Gyulnara Akhmedzhanova - FC Shakhtar Donetsk | UKR
Alexander Alexandrov - PFC Ludogorets 1945 | BUL
Efthymios Agathokleous - Apoel FC | CYP
Jesper J°rgensen - Br°ndby IF | DEN
Joe Attard - Valletta FC | MLT
Bojan Ban - NK Maribor | SVN
Mindaugas Nikolicius - FK ┤algiris Vilnius | LTU

Institutional
Relations

The mission of the Institutional Relations Working Group is to examine how ECA can best engage with different football stakeholders in Europe and beyond and look at ways to best position club interests within the global football stakeholder environment.

Chairman: Ivan Gazidis - Arsenal FC | ENG

Members:
Wouter Lambrecht - FC Barcelona | ESP
Victoriano Melero - Paris Saint-Germain | FRA
Vincent Ponsot - Olympique Lyonnais | FRA
Filips Dhondt - AS Monaco FC | FRA
Julius Becker - Hamburger SV | GER
Jan Rńker - VfB Stuttgart | GER
Giovanni Gardini - FC Internazionale Milano | ITA
Mauro Baldissoni - AS Roma | ITA
Pavel Pivovarov - FC Zenit | RUS
Patrick Janssens - KRC Genk | BEL
Alkis Papantoniou - Panathinaikos FC | GRE
Wouter van Zetten - AZ Alkmaar | NED
Vitus Derungs - Grasshopper Club ZŘrich | SUI
Anatoliy Volk - FC Dynamo Kyiv | UKR
Kyril Maleyeu - FC Dinamo Minsk | BLR
Jelena Mikacic - HNK Hajduk Split | CRO
Thomas Christensen - Odense BK | DEN
Stefan Pantovic - FK Crvena Zvezda | SRB
Dragan Soldo - NK Sikori Brijeg | BIH
Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen - HB Tˇrshavn | FRO
John Borg - Birkirkara FC | MLT

Marketing
& Comm.

The mission of the Marketing & Communications Working Group is to oversee media/commercial matters of UEFA Club Competitions and discuss/exchange know-how around commercial/media opportunities for clubs.

Chairman: Aurelio de Laurentiis - SSC Napoli | ITA

Members:
Aidan Mullally - Tottenham Hotspur FC | ENG
Vinai Venkatesham - Arsenal FC |ENG
Bego˝a Sanz Orea - Real Madrid CF | ESP
Francesco Calvo - FC Barcelona | ESP
Jorge Garcia Martinez - Valencia CF | ESP
Jean-Franšois Richard - Olympique de Marseille | FRA
Jochen Rotthaus - Bayer 04 Leverkusen | GER
Stefan Mennerich - FC Bayern MŘnchen | GER
Laura Masi - ACF Fiorentina | ITA
Lorenzo Giorgetti - AC Milan | ITA
Stephan Reiter - FC Red Bull Salzburg | AUT
Jaromir Hamouz - FC Viktoria Plze˝ | CZE
Mark Koevermans - Feyenoord Rotterdam | NED
Wanja Greuel - BSC Young Boys | SUI
Sharon Tammam - Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC | ISR
Tudor Pop - CFR 1907 Cluj | ROM
Adrian Filby - Celtic FC | SCO
Nenad Danilovic - FK Partizan | SRB
Annabel Llevot - FC Santa Coloma | AND
Kuno Tehva - N§mme Kalju FC | EST
Pal Orosz - Ferencvßrosi TC | HUN

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

Members:
Hemen Tseayo - Manchester United FC | ENG
Jon Berasategi Zabala - Athletic Club | ESP
Julien Mordacq - LOSC Lille | FRA
Bodo Menze - FC Schalke 04 | GER
Filippo Galli - AC Milan | ITA
Stefano Braghin - Juventus | ITA
Anton Chistyakov - CSKA Moskva | RUS
Vitaly Pasunko - FK Krasnodar | RUS
Jean Kindermans - RSC Anderlecht | BEL
Pierre Locht - Standard de LiŔge | BEL
Domenicos Masoulas- Olympiacos FC | GRE
Pedro Mil-Homens - SL Benfica | POR
JoÔo Carvalho - Sporting Clube de Braga | POR
SŘha Demokan - FC ZŘrich | SUI
Andrei Vashkevich - FC BATE | BLR
Alen Rivetti - NK Rijeka | CRO
Rasmus Ankersen - FC Midtjylland | NOR
Tomasz Zahorski - Legia Warszawa SA | POL
Piotr Rutkowski - Lech Pozna? | POL
Zurab Tsintsadze - FC Dinamo Tbilisi | GEO
Kushtrim Halili - KF ShkŰndija | MKD