Benfica arrive after 3 competitive games


Benfica will arrive in Glasgow tomorrow without having played a competitive game since 2 September, when they thumped Nacional 3-0 in Lisbon.  They arranged a friendly against Real Betis on Wednesday in an attempt to prepare them for this week’s Champions League challenge but the lack of meaningful football is less than ideal, especially at a time when clubs are looking to build sharpness.

Celtic were idle for two weeks before Saturday but have played nine competitive games this season compared to Benfica’s three.  They also have the benefit of not having to sacrifice a day’s preparation to travel.

Fitness late in the game, perhaps accentuated by the use of substitutes, could be crucial.  Celtic’s best chance of winning this one will come in the second half. Run the lungs out of them, Celtic.

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  1. canamalar – A sample from where though?



    Obviously it didn’t come from anybody’s drinking water supply, otherwise there’d have been a huge scandal and lawsuit. People tend to get upset about being poisoned, and Americans are quite passionate about not being made sick by evil corporations.



    Sounds like they took a sample from close to the industrial process itself. You wouldn’t drink water directly from the reservoir either, but nobody wants to ban reservoirs. (thumbsup)

  2. praecepta



    It is the Benfica Captain but it is a domestic ban. Portugese FA have contacted FIFA and are awaiting confirmation it applies to all competitions.



    On Friday the 31-year-old Brazilian was hit with a two month ban by the Portugeuese FA after a sending off against Fortuna Dusseldorf in a friendly match. While the ban only effects domestic matches the FPF, Portugeuse Federation, have contacted FIFA who are likely to apply the ban internationally.



    If that happens Benfica will have a new look central defence as well as midfield for the visit to Celtic.



    “I was surprised, I didn’t act in an aggressive manner,” Luisao claimed after the match.”



    “The referee was about to send off Javi Garcia. As captain, I approached him. I don’t know if I maybe pushed him a bit, but I think he play-acted.”

  3. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    “If there was even a hint of fracking being dangerous, it wouldn’t be happening in the lawyer-infested US. Companies don’t want multi-billion dollar lawsuits and the Feds coming after them, especially after that Deepwater Horizon fiasco, trust me. ”


    you would think eh


    Do you think Aspartame is a health risk

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Alex T ……. The Celtic Board ” saw it coming”(all the way), and continued to take successful steps to protect Celtic’s financial future ….

  5. Canamalar



    There are 2 products from this process gas, a keeper and untreated water, this water needs to be treated before being put back to rivers etc. It was probably this water, untreated that they took to the seminar.

  6. ASonOfDan



    I was very surprised that Euan Norris refused to give Celtic a penalty on Saturday as he is one of the strictest referees and usually no problems giving penalties.



    For example, he gave Rangers 5 penalties in 3 games that he reffed them;


    he also gave a penalty against Celtic in the dying minutes of the Scottish Cup semi-final when unsure whether it was Ledley or Wanyama who “handled” the ball in the box.




  7. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    HEARTS could be heading for a showdown with the SPL over unpaid wages.


    SunSport can reveal up to five senior members of John McGlynn’s squad have been informed their wages may not be paid on time today.


    If the Jambos fail to stump up the SPL could hammer them with sanctions as part of the new financial fair play rules introduced in May.


    But Hearts supremo Vladimir Romanov will fight any penalty as the club claim the temporary cash-flow problem has been caused by a late payment FROM the SPL.


    Jambos insiders told SunSport that the club is still waiting on half of a £600,000 windfall the league was due to pay to the club at the start of the season.


    And they claim the delay in receiving that money has caused the unforeseen cash crisis — which has in turn cast doubt over the monthly wage payments due to certain stars.


    Hearts remain hopeful that all players affected will get their money on time, but they will wait until close of play today before making their next move.


    If a wage delay proves unavoidable, the club have vowed to inform the SPL of the issue immediately, in line with the new financial rules.


    But the Scottish Cup holders would then vigorously defend themselves against any sanctions imposed.


    And Jambos sources say they would be surprised if the SPL attempt to hit them with any punishment while the club is still owed the outstanding £300,000.


    Hearts players were dogged by constant delays in their wages being paid last season.


    That saw the Tynecastle club being charged by league chiefs in January for ‘failing to behave with the utmost faith towards the SPL’.


    The league opted not to follow up that charge as Hearts successfully fought it.


    But it remains to be seen how the SPL would handle any delay this time around.


    News of Hearts’ latest wage drama came just hours after Romanov declared a personal wealth of £42million as he prepares to run for President of Lithuania.


    The Tynecastle chief launched his own political party — Lithuanian People’s Party — in his homeland last year.


    The controversial businessman has put himself down as No 1 candidate on the list for the Lithuanian Parliament and he intends running for the presidency if he gets elected.


    As part of the process, each candidate has to declare their personal wealth in assets to Lithuania’s Central Election Commission.


    And Romanov’s personal wealth of £42m dwarves any other politician on the list, including current President Dalia Grybauskaite.


    The 65-year-old Romanov’s wealth includes securities, art, jewellery and property.


    Hearts announced debts of £24m in March — their lowest level for six years.

  8. I can,t make the night out on the 29th for Oscar but would like to donate some items for the raffle how do i go about it? Be in Glasgow for the Dundee game could pass them on to somebody that weekend. Anybody help? Hail Hail Hebcelt

  9. Som mes que un club on

    Apologies if previously posted…



    (An open and shut case, I will try and keep abreast of. Can forsee a Not Guilty myself…..)



    Hamilton sheriff is witness at sectarian abuse trial



    A sheriff is set to give evidence against a Rangers fan accused of sectarian abuse on a train to an SPL clash in Dundee, a court has heard.



    Jamie Rhodie is facing trial over allegations he committed a religiously aggravated breach of the peace on the train in September last year.



    Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Sheriff Harry Small is key prosecution witness.



    The trial was postponed so the defence could get permission to call the sheriff to appear.



    The case was set to go to trial on Tuesday but Sheriff Elizabeth Munro allowed it to be postponed until November.



    It is alleged that, while acting with unknown others, Mr Rhodie conducted himself in a disorderly manner, repeatedly jumped up and down, shouted, swore, sang sectarian songs and uttered sectarian comments.



    Hamilton sheriff



    It is understood he was travelling for Rangers’ SPL encounter with Dundee United at Tannadice when the alleged incident took place.



    Mike Short, defending, told the court: “My motion is to adjourn the case. One of the witnesses is a sheriff, based in Hamilton.



    “This is a matter that first called in March but has not proceeded as yet. We are awaiting sanction to instruct an advocate to appear for the defence in this case.”



    Mr Rhodie, 18, from Gartcosh, denies that on 10 September last year he committed a religiously aggravated breach of the peace on the Glasgow to Dundee train.

  10. canamalar – Do you think Aspartame is a health risk



    Why, do they use apartame in fracking?




  11. FourGreenFields


    15:25 on


    17 September, 2012


    saint stivs



    14:45 on


    17 September, 2012





    Was with the pupils at their bag pack event on Sunday giving out leaflets and passing on Wristbands from Bundoran Bhoy . ( my sons at John Paul ) .


    They were a credit to themselves and the school.






    I work (loose term) with Martin the goalkeepers dad.



    He passed the link on and was very proud of their collection, so well done them bhoys and ghirls.

  12. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    one of the points made in the docu was requesting the ingredients used in the process, the water and brine were identified but when pushed they admited other ingredients were used, they refused to divulge the other ingredients on the grounds they were “a trade secret”

  13. The Battered Bunnet on

    The Embrocation’s underground classic, ‘Hal Burton’s Balls of Fire’ taken from the concept album Royally Fracked, was adopted as the anthem for the 1970s Gay Rights movement, despite being originally penned by Dick Byrne as a satire on the environmental impact of the US natural gas sector.

  14. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Police are poised to press charges against several HBOS bankers and consultants after a two-year investigation into large-scale fraud, money laundering and corruption involving the Edinburgh-based bank.


    Thames Valley Police has already handed evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service. The papers have since been reviewed by the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer and Attorney General Dominic Grieve. The Sunday Herald has learned that the charges – expected to include corruption and money laundering – are due to be pressed within weeks.


    The probe, code-named “Operation Hornet“, is described by one of the police officers involved as “the largest fraud investigation of its type in the UK”. Under way since June 2010, it has been led by Thames Valley Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.


    An initial nine suspects, including two HBOS bankers, were arrested and put on police bail between September and December 2010. The former HBOS senior executive Lynden Scourfield and his wife, Jacqueline were among those detained. Others arrested included David Mills (pictured left), a former NatWest banker, who co-founded “turnaround” specialist Quayside Corporate Services in 2002, and other former Quayside consultants including his wife Alison, Michael Bancroft, Tony Cartwright and Marcello Alessi. Quayside, which was wound up in March 2010, was never a member of any professional institute and was not even contracted to the bank. None of the suspects have yet been charged.


    The alleged crimes occurred mainly between 2002 and 2006, when Sir James Crosby was chief executive and Lord Stevenson was chairman of the Edinburgh-based HBOS, which has been owned by Lloyds Banking Group since its September 2008 near demise. At the time, a common business practice involved Bank of Scotland Corporate, sometimes arbitrarily, transferring business customers’ accounts to its “high-risk” division, overseen by Scourfield.


    Based in BoS Corporate’s Reading office, Scourfield is said to have forced between 50 and 200 customer firms who were referred his way to appoint Quayside consultants as directors with full fiduciary powers on their boards. Many of the directors of affected firms say he threatened to “shut down” their businesses unless they complied.


    In 1991, two Quayside consultants – Tony Cartwright and Michael Bancroft – misappropriated some £1.5 million from Ritz Design Group, a listed supplier to Marks & Spencer at which they were finance director and chairman respectively. The matter was investigated by accountants Deloitte, but it is understood they repaid the funds, and the pair were not prosecuted.


    Within months of Quayside taking control of the firms, Scourfield and BoS Corporate provided generous additional facilities and loans, even though some of the firms were near technical insolvency. At textiles group Magenta Studios, it is claimed that Quayside prepared a phoney business plan with a view to persuading Scourfield’s superiors that additional lending was appropriate. Quayside consultants put several of the companies concerned at risk for example by delaying critical payments to suppliers while prioritizing payments to themselves.


    Overall, BoS loaned an estimated £1bn plus to Quayside-controlled firms. A significant portion of the additional funding was squandered on inappropriate acquisitions or removed in fees and disbursements to Quayside and its consultants. Ownership of some of the Quayside-linked firms’ prized assets – including most of the top-shelf titles of pornographic magazine empire Remnant Media, publisher of Asian Babes – were transferred to off-the-shelf companies linked to Mills and his Quayside colleagues.


    Mills spent some of the £113m that was loaned by BoS to executive aviation group Corporate Jet Services, where he was chairman, on the Powder Monkey, a 100ft luxury yacht with a full-time crew of five. The yacht (pictured right) was kept in the south of France and was meant to be for marketing the aviation group, but sources suggest it was predominantly used by Mills, his family and friends. The yacht is currently for sale through Sunseeker London for €2.35m (£1.83m).


    People who have been interviewed by Thames Valley Police are said to include a London-based madam and a number of prostitutes who sources claim were hired by Quayside-controlled businesses to “entertain” BoS’s Scourfield. The bill was picked up by BoS-funded porn empire Remnant Media and labelled as “corporate entertainment”.


    In many cases, the affected companies’ total borrowings from HBOS increased tenfold within a couple of years of Mills and Quayside becoming involved, with many having their credit lines increased from £3m to £4m to between £30m and £40m by the time of their 2007 collapses.


    Other companies allegedly destabilised, maltreated, or asset-stripped by Quayside included the Bristol-based packaging group Bradman Lake, ecological nappy firm Cotton Bottoms, textile business Multi-Sourcing Group, nightclub and restaurant groups Mezzanine Group, sporting goods manufacturer Seoul Nassau and fishing tackle specialist, Speyside Angling Supplies.


    In about September 2006, insiders report that Bank of Scotland Corporate’s head of distressed assets Tom Angus “discovered” serious irregularities and “control failures” in the high-risk division. But instead of informing the police, the bank instructed executives Fraser Kelly and Andrew Scott to “hive down” Scourfield’s circa £1 billion loan book.


    The bank used leading accountancy firms including KPMG, PWC, Hurst Morrison Thomson and Menzies Corporate Restructuring (now Duff & Phelps) to close down the firms. Days before one of the firms was put into administration, emails suggest that Quayside executives transferred thousands of pounds in cash into their personal bank accounts and, in at least two cases, they destroyed financial records.


    In March, KPMG revealed Mills was the biggest individual creditor of collapsed investment firm MF Global, where he had parked £3.65m. From October 2006 to November 2007 Quayside was owned by Parkmead, a boutique investment bank that counted former energy minister Brian Wilson among its directors.


    Many legitimate owner/managers of affected firms have lost everything as a result of the alleged wrongdoing. The bank has sought to evict Paul and Nikki Turner, directors of Cambridgeshire-based music business Zenith Cafe, from their home in 22 separate court hearings. The couple argue their financial difficulties are entirely due to egregious wrongdoing by BoS and Quayside. In a bizarre twist, HBOS created a fake bank account in the name of Zenith Cafe Ltd, from which it debited £372,000 of legal costs relating to its failed attempts to repossess the Turners’ home.


    Nikki Turner said: “Lloyds Banking Group has always been 100% aware of how bad the HBOS Reading situation was, was – particularly as they have read and agreed to the publishing of the six redacted paragraphs in the ‘Final Notice Public Censure of the BoS’ on 9th March 2012 which specifically relate to HBOS Reading. But the bank continues to be firmly in denial about the severity of this.


    “I wonder which part of the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) principles for business the Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio thinks entitles him to refuse to correspond any further or deal responsibly and fairly with Reading and other matters.”


    One director who lost his business as a result of the scandal said: “If these guys are not charged in 2012, we’re going to go nuclear. There a lots of very important people waiting for justice here”


    Another director of a victimised company alleged: “The FSA’s main agenda has been to try and cover this thing up, since it exposes the catastrophic failures in its own approach to regulating the banking sector. They fined Barclays £60m over Libor – what have they done about this? Sweet FSA.”


    Thames Valley Police spokesman Chris Kearney said: “The nine suspects remain on police bail. They are due to answer their bail in late September. A decision will be taken at that time whether to rebail them, charge them, or release them without further incident.”


    A spokesman for Lloyds Banking Group said: “We cannot comment on the detail of this investigation by Thames Valley Police. Bank of Scotland itself is not the subject of the investigation. We have been assisting the police with their investigation.”

  15. Celtic’s development squad lost 2-1 to Blackpool today.



    Lassad and Ibrahim started with the rest U17s and U19s. A trialist scored Celtic’s goal. No idea who that was but I’m sure we’ll find out soon.




  16. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    High profile figures say banker Peter Cummings has been made a scapegoat (Note: This is a longer version of an article published as the lead business story in the Sunday Herald on September 16th, 2012)


    Jim McColl, Scotland’s highest-profile business figure, has added his weight to a growing backlash against the Financial Services Authority’s perceived attempt to blame HBOS’s collapse on former head of corporate Peter Cummings.


    McColl, chairman and chief executive of Clyde Blowers Capital described the FSA’s investigation of HBOS as “an absolute disgrace” and accused the regulator of structuring is investigation to ensure “establishment” figures like former HBOS chairman Lord Stevenson and chief executive Sir James Crosby were “let off the hook”.


    Between 2004 and 2009, Crosby was also a director and deputy chair of the FSA.


    The FSA on Wednesday published a 92-page ‘final notice’ accusing Cummings, 57, of failing “to take reasonable steps to assess, manage or mitigate the risks involved in the aggressive growth strategy, which the corporate division, under his direction, was pursuing”. In the most draconian penalty handed out since the crisis, the former “banker to the stars”, was fined £500,000 and banned from working in financial roles for life.


    However, even critics of Cummings have attacked the FSA for appearing to ignore the roles of other former HBOS directors – including Andy Hornby, Sir James Crosby and Lord Stevenson – in the bank’s collapse, and for ommitting to question either of the group’s former finance directors, Phil Hodkinson or Mike Ellis, or the former finance director of its corporate arm Alistair Webster.


    Cummings’ co-directors Sir James Crosby and Lord Stevenson are known to have actively encouraged Cummings to lend more riskily to corporate borrowers even after the credit crisis commenced in July 2007 in order to compensate for a downturn in retail lending.


    The FSA report confirms allegations made in a new book, Hubris: How HBOS wrecked the best bank in Britain, by former Financial Times correspondent Ray Perman, which details how HBOS’s former chief executive Andy Hornby and the bank’s management team put “heavy pressure on [Cummings’] corporate [banking division] to make up the slack” when mortgage and credit card lending became less profitable.


    McColl, one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs, and a recent convert to Scottish independence, told the Sunday Herald: “Crosby and Stevenson are establishment insiders, and the whole thing has been structured to let them off the hook. They have a lot to answer for. I think it is absolute disgrace, and the government or the Treasury Select Committee should do something about it. [The system] is so incestuous you cannot get a proper result, and that’s why a lot people don’t speak out.”


    The entrepreneur, whose takeover of Weir pumps in 2007 was part financed by HBOS, added “The way that the FSA has singled out Peter is disgraceful. There was a whole board overseeing it. It is ludicrous to say he was acting alone.”


    Paul Moore, former head of group regulatory risk at HBOS-turned-whistleblower, a strong critic of Cummings’ strategy and methods, said: “The FSA final notice is a spiteful attempt to draw fire away from the really big players, including Andy Hornby, Crosby and Stevenson, onto someone who the regulator believes can be used as a fall guy. It smells of a cover up”.


    “Cummings was not a rogue trader. He could not have done what he did without the authority of a whole superstructure of risk committees, audit committees and the board itself. Everybody within that structure was fully aware of the levels of risk that were being taken on.”


    On Friday, the Treasury Select Committee told the FSA it will appoint independent advisers to oversee the regulator’s final report into the HBOS debacle, with parallels to the work undertaken by Sir David Walker and Bill Knight on the Royal Bank of Scotland report.


    The committee’s chairman Andrew Tyrie said the committee will require the FSA to conduct a “comprehensive assessment” of the reasons for HBOS’s collapse and of the FSA’s conduct in relation to the bank.


    Moore said he does not believe this goes far enough. With or without independent supervisors, he said the FSA is an inappropriate body to investigate HBOS’s failure.


    “Andrew Tyrie’s idea is a farce. We need an independent judicial public inquiry into HBOS, it needs to be led by three judges who understand how to get the bottom of the evidence – and nobody from the FSA should have any involvement whatsoever.”


    McColl added: “It is very surprising that no one from the regulator has been held to account”.


    In a further development, entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter, also a former client of Cummings, stepped up his criticism of the ruling against Cummings last night saying: “How can the FSA, who are 100% conflicted, conduct a review objectively when they were complicit in HBOS’s failure? Parliament should instruct an independent review. The FSA acts as judge, jury and executioner and that cannot possibly be fair.”


    Donald Macdonald, executive chairman of Macdonald Hotels, whose business was also funded by Cummings, said: “I find it contemptible and grossly unfair that Peter Cummings is the sole individual targeted by the FSA; those in HBOS responsible at the time should hang their heads in shame for letting Peter carry their can.”


    Other retail, property and hotel entrepreneurs bankrolled by Cummings included Sir Philip Green, Robert Tchenguiz, the Barclay brothers, Sir Rocco Forte, the Reuben Brothers, John Kennedy and Nick Leslau.


    Having built up a toxic £119 billion corporate loan book, Cummings “retired” from the bank he helped destroy with a £352,000-a-year pension in January 2009. He now works part-time as a consultant and lives as a semi-recluse in Dumbarton.


    Crosby stepped down as HBOS’s chief executive in July 2006 and was forced to resign as FSA deputy chairman in February 2009. He remains a non-executive director of Misys and Compass Group and a member of the European advisory board of private equity group Bridgepoint. Stevenson walked away after the HBOS wreckage after it was rescued by Lloyds TSB in January 2009. He is a non-executive director of booksellers Waterstone’s and venture capitalists Loudwater.


    See also: The Worst Bank In The World? HBOS’s Calamitous Seven Year Life & The Recklessness of Cummings




  17. Groupon deal for Barcalona bhoys-£179 per person for arrivals between 1 and 28 October 2012 (Up to 44% off)


    Price including flights from Stansted,Luton,and Gatwick and 2 nights in Expo Hotel.Can be bought in the next 7 days.Always worth checking the small print.HH

  18. Sat at a bar in Inverness many years ago, got talking to an American and Australian. From what I remember they were really nice guys. They had met on a Scottish tour with a tour company. They went drinking together whenever they had a stop, and this stop happened to be in Inverness.



    Anyway after discussing all sorts, the Australian lad turned to me and said…..’’Can i ask you something’’. To which I said ‘’off course’’.



    The Australian then said ‘’ On our tour, the tour guide has told us lot’s of stories about Scotland, however he told us one story that I don’t believe’’ at which point the American Said ‘’But I do believe it’’. ‘’Ok’’ I said ‘’tell me the story and I will tell you what I think’’ The story was as follows.



    As the tour bus was leaving Edinburgh and heading North across the Forth road bridge, the tour guide had told the bus full of tourists that during the construction of the bridge a worker had fallen down a great height between 2 concrete pillars, but had survived the fall. The problem was that they had no idea of how to rescue him. The poor worker was stuck between the pillars with no way out.



    After a while with no solution the decision was made……. As the worker was conscious and had been waiting for rescue for many hours he was now very hungry. The decision was taken to poison his piece… (At this point of the story I phished myself laughing) and leave him there, where he is still to this day.



    The American thought this story was real.

  19. Bounce game at Lennoxtown ended in a 2-1 win for Blackpool, with Celtic’s goal coming from a trialist. Match report to follow

  20. Beat me to it Mort!



    Good to see Ibrahim getting a bit of game time. I still have high hopes for him.

  21. Aspartame ?



    Donald Rumsfeld was paid 12 million dollars in exchange for influencing the decision to reverse the ban on Aspartame .

  22. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Geneva (CH) – Representatives from 135 member clubs attended the European Club Association’s 9th General Assembly on the 10th and 11th of September 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.



    Financial Fair Play


    ECA was pleased to welcome the Chief Investigator and Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body, Mr. Jean-Luc Dehaene, as key note speaker. Mr. Dehaene used his address to update ECA Members on the Club Financial Control Body and the so-called Soft Implementation Test Phase to which 38 clubs voluntarily participated allowing for a simulation of the break-even requirement. It was made clear that there is still some work to do, as the figures analysed are not satisfactory.



    Following his intervention during the plenary session, Mr. Dehaene stated:



    “I am still very worried about the current situation. The Financial Fair Play Regulations are known for more than two years, but I have the impression that some clubs still need to do their homework.”



    ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented on Mr. Dehaene’s presentation as follows:



    “ECA Members unanimously endorsed the Financial Fair Play project back in 2010. However, it seems that quite a few clubs have not understood the message. Time has come to take the new rules seriously. ECA will continue to support Financial Fair Play.”



    Memorandum of Understanding 2012: Implementation Update



    UEFA EURO 2012 Benefits Distribution


    Following this summer’s successful UEFA EURO 2012 tournament, UEFA has finalised the financial provisions related to the tournament in order to confirm the payments to the clubs for their contribution to the competition. In total, 575 clubs representing 52 UEFA member associations will receive payments. This represents a substantial increase in beneficiaries when compared to the distribution after UEFA EURO 2008, for which 180 clubs received payments.



    Club Protection Programme


    UEFA presented ECA Members with key facts and figures relating to the Club Protection Programme, which was introduced in time for the start of the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland/Ukraine. The initial period, which was fully covered by UEFA, lasted from 15 May until the 31 August 2012. As a result of injuries occurred during the UEFA EURO 2012 final tournament and the preparation phase, 11 cases were reported within the 28 days following the accident. Subject to final confirmation, the total days of insurance for all cases is approximately 830 days with an average salary per day of EUR 9,629. Since 1 September 2012, the insurance policy is in effect under same conditions on a worldwide level and fully covered by FIFA.



    Season 2012/13 – 207 member clubs


    ECA is pleased to announce that 6 new member clubs have joined the organization. For the 2012/13 season, the association totals 207 member clubs (103 ordinary and 104 associated members). The following clubs have been approved as ECA Associated Members:



    FK Vllaznia (Albania)


    FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)


    Stade Rennais (France)


    Montpellier HSC (France)


    Dacia Chisinau (Moldova)


    Málaga CF (Spain)



    New Executive Board Member


    At the end of the 2011/12 season, Ernesto Paolillo resigned from the ECA Executive Board after having left his position at FC Internazionale Milano. In line with ECA Statutes this triggered Executive Board Elections. Mr. Andrea Agnelli, Chairman of Juventus (ITA), was elected new Executive Board Member for the remaining period of the current membership cycle, which lasts until the end of the 2012/13 season.



    Launch of ECA Report on Youth Academies


    Based on an initiative by the ECA Youth Working Group, ECA has today launched the first ECA Report on Youth Academies. The report provides a comparable perspective that underlines the different approaches and philosophies of youth academies in Europe. Over the last couple of years, a dedicated ECA Task Force made several field visits to youth academies of different sized-clubs from across the continent. This has formed the basis of a qualitative analysis involving detailed case studies. The report also offers a wider picture via information gathered through a survey, responded to by 96 ECA Member Clubs. This survey has revealed many interesting facts and figures on topics including organisational structure, scouting, coaching, education, and infrastructure.



    ECA to celebrate 5th anniversary in February 2013


    The 10th ECA General Assembly coincides with the association’s 5th anniversary; reason enough to organize a special event with all ECA Members to reflect on the success of the association to date. To celebrate this landmark, the next ECA General Assembly will take place on 4-6 February 2013 in Doha, Qatar. Furthermore, and in response to the positive feedback received from clubs around the world following the signing of the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding with UEFA, ECA has decided to share its experience/knowledge with interested clubs from all confederations by organizing a workshop in the scope of said General Assembly.

  23. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    It was a rough but simple analogy


    the FDA have endosed Aspartame


    So I dont put much faith that the energy authorities carrying out their duties to protect the population any better.



    I am not against fracking and agree with you cheap fule will help everyone but there is a massive difference between financial cost and environmental cost, not tree hugging just concern for safety of local populations.