2 June 2014
Dear readers, friends and associates
A year after its re-launch and after a successful liaison with our Chinese partners at NetEase, our daily publication for the business and the politics of football - InsideWorldFootball.com (IWF) - has taken another step towards strengthening its position in the international marketplace.
Recently, we began to incorporate broadcast interviews on our website. We now plan to increase the frequency of this content using our networks to bring the most compelling stories covering the big issues from football's leaders.
Furthermore, and as a result of the ever-increasing statistics that we deliver to our readership, we are introducing a subscription-only service for in-depth financial and corporate information that will be exclusive to IWF.
The IWF App is another service we have in development with our new partners (see below) with a planned launch for the new European football season.
But most importantly, we have an announcement of a corporate nature to make that we want to share with our readers, our business partners and our associates:
From June 1, 2014, Martin Wagner, the Chairman of our mother company in Basle, Switzerland (that's right: the same town which boasts a team that beat Chelsea FC twice...) is stepping aside and will henceforth focus on his role IWF's General Counsel; the newly appointed Chairman of Inside World Football AG is Mr Wagner's close friend of many years and his chairman in a number of companies, Mr Bernhard Burgener.
Mr Burgener is the CEO of Constantin Medien AG of Munich, Germany, as well as Chairman and CEO Highlight Communications AG, both companies are listed on the Frankfurt stock exchanges in Germany. I shall continue as Editor-in-chief, Chairman of the UK company and Director of the Swiss mother company.
With Mr Burgener taking the reins on our Board in Switzerland, IWF joins the group of Constantin Media AG (CM). CM companies are active in the areas of film production and distribution, sports television, sports radio- and communication. CM's Plazamedia AG is one of the leading sports production houses in all German language markets: Plazamedia delivers 224,000 hours of tv, radio, internet and mobile platform productions per year.
Inside World Football AG will profit from the synergies offered by Germany's Sport 1 TV and the Sport 1 mobile and online platforms. Sport1FM is yet another sister company that will further enrich IWF's content and offer dynamic synergies across international football.
The changes that are taking place at IWF are the logical continuation of a successful partnership: through Martin Wagner and his association with CM, we always had a nexus with Constantin Media and its group companies. Now that we are preparing for further growth, it seemed the right time to form a partnership with a strong and dynamic corporate entity which operates in similar fields as we do, and which allows for "cross-fertilisation" in many areas where we share not only an interest but also readers, viewers, followers and business associates.
It will be my pleasure to update you, our readers, at regular intervals about the positive changes that are taking place. You will rapidly see some additional energy and expanded services that we will offer to all of you in the short and medium term.
Editor-in-chief & Director
INSIDE World Football Relaunched
The leading web-based magazine for the business and politics of football, INSIDE World Football
, IWF, was relaunched February 15, 2013, after a change of ownership.
The magazine, which was founded by respected British sports journalist Duncan Mackay in 2009, has rapidly developed to become a "must read" for football administrators, sports journalists, sponsors and football aficionados around the world who want to know more about what's going on behind the scenes in world football.The new owners
The new owners who acquired the magazine from Dunsar Media in the UK, are INSIDE World Football AG of Basel, Switzerland. The company was founded, and is chaired by, majority shareholder Martin Wagner, a Swiss media lawyer and publishing entrepreneur. He is senior legal counsel of Basel's daily paper, "Basler Zeitung", and acts in the same role for Switzerland's top weekly magazine, "Die Weltwoche". Wagner is a Member of the Board of Directors of Axel Springer Media Group, Switzerland, the Swiss arm of Germany's leading publishing group. He is the Managing Director ("Delegate of the Board of Directors") of TEAM Group, UEFA's exclusive commercial partner for the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. Martin Wagner is vice-chairman of Highlight Communications AG, a listed media company founded in 1983, whose shares are quoted on the Deutsche Börse (German Stock Exchange) in Frankfurt, Germany, since May 11, 1999. Highlight shares are part of the SDAX (ticker: HLG). As a strategic and financial holding company, Highlight Communications AG combines the operating segments of film, sports- and event-marketing and other related business activities. Wagner is also the Delegate of the Board of Directors of Highlight Event & Entertainment AG, a public company listed on the Swiss stock exchange in Zürich.
INSIDE World Football's operations are headed by Paul Nicholson, Editor and CEO. Nicholson is a Board Member of Basel, Switzerland-based Inside World Football AG and heads Inside World Football Ltd., the operating arm of the Swiss publishers in the UK. Over his 28-year career in publishing and journalism, Paul launched such titles as "Football Insider", "Sport Vision" and "Sports Investor" – all of which were eventually acquired by Sport Services Group and Press Association (PA), the British news wire organization owned by major UK publishers. Nicholson also launched "Take Sport" magazine with the support of the PA – the first free distribution sports magazine in the UK. He has extensive background in football and media, from events to television programme production, grassroots football development in the UK and abroad, and currently also advises an international sports social media network.Expanded coverage, additional writers
In a first step, the new owners have expanded the magazine's reach and secured the services of international writers from several countries, complementing the team that successfully produced the quality magazine in the past. Sports writers from Russia (RT, Russia Today television network) and the Middle East (Al Jazeera television) have joined the ranks of columnists, as has John Yan who heads the sports section of one of China's top three internet portals and is a contributor to Financial Times China and the New York Times China. Authors David Owen (formerly sports editor of the Financial Times) and Mihir Bose (formerly Sports Editor at the BBC) will continue to contribute to INSIDE World Football, as will Andrew Warshaw (formerly sports editor of the European newspaper), now the magazine's Chief Correspondent. African football will be regularly covered by Osasu Obayiuwana, a senior sports journalist and lawyer based in Nigeria (formerly with BBC Radio Worldwide heading its Africa Desk), while columnists in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo will be covering the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup as of March this year. The realm of correspondents will be gradually expanded in the course of 2013 and foreign language contributors will be added.
"When the opportunity arose to acquire INSIDE World Football, we didn't hesitate. The magazine is a perfect fit to our existing publications and activities. As an entrepreneur and publisher who has been active in sport – above all football – for decades, I felt that INSIDE has managed to carve out a niche for itself in a highly competitive market where the majority focuses on plain football stories, while our aim is to report about matters that are less obvious, often unknown to the public at large and which offer privileged insight into the world game
", says Martin Wagner, Chairman of INSIDE World Football AG, Switzerland.
In addition to its daily e-newletters, the publishers plan to introduce a weekly magazine and a unique statistics sub-site within the next six months. Presently, INSIDE is available free of charge and it will increasingly offer foreign language articles as well to reach readers in South America, Russia, Asia and the Middle East. "Football is the world's game, and the idea that 'everything is English' is dated,
" says INSIDE's Editor Paul Nicholson. "At a time when there is a massive shift in every area of life, be that in the economy, finance or culture, to Asia and the Middle East, when German and Spanish football are increasingly dominating the game, it is obvious that we should be communicating our news and information to our global readers more frequently in their own language – which is something we shall do in the future,
" he said. "This does not mean that we are abandoning English as the main language of INSIDE but rather that we will have a multilingual appearance and run stories that are regionally relevant both in their original language as well as English when and where warranted,
" Nicholson concluded.For further information contact: