September 12 – The Football Business Academy and Liga Portugal have entered an agreement that will see the organisation become the lead educational partner of Portugal’s top division.
The partnership was sealed during the 2nd Edition of the Thinking Football Summit organised by Liga Portugal, which took place from September 7-9 at the Super Bock Arena in Porto.
With the ambition of becoming one of the most prominent leagues in Europe, Liga Portugal hope the new partnership will further the division’s understanding of football business and take them to the next level.
Liga Portugal has some of the leading clubs in Europe in terms of financial management. Last week CIES Football Observatory analysis showed Benfica as having the European club with the decade’s best player trading balance (net spend and against receipts) showing a positive return of more than €700 million.
“After several success stories with previous FBA Candidates, it is a great pleasure to officially establish this partnership with Liga Portugal. Supporting the league in its growth and expansion is a natural synergy which we’re looking forward to continuing building on. The future of Portuguese football is very bright, and we feel honored to play our part in it,” said Kristian Dobrev, Deputy CEO of the FBA.
“The future of Portuguese football lies not only in developing talent, but also in the professionalisation and training of sports professionals. The partnership between Liga Portugal and The FBA, announced at such an innovative event like the Thinking Football Summit, will be important in developing better professionals,” said Rui Caeiro, Executive Director of Liga Portugal.
The fifth round of the Liga Portugal begins on Friday night, as Estrela Amadora host 30-time champions Porto.
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