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Tue. 09 August 2011

CIES welcomes 12th edition FIFA Master postgraduates

It is only a month since the 11th edition FIFA Master class graduated at a special ceremony held at the Chateau of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, following an intensive academic year of study. However, the CIES is proud to be able to report that already more than half of the 2010/11 postgraduates have successfully gained employment with leading sports organizations around the world.

Once again, this is a testament to the quality of both our graduates and also the strength and standing of the FIFA Master within the sports industry. The CIES congratulates our most recent graduates and wishes them luck as they start their new careers with organisations as diverse as, but not limited to, the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Barcelona FC, Asian Football Confederation (AFC), TSE Consulting, Italian Football Federation (FIGC), FIFA and the Sauber Formula 1 team.   The CIES and the three partner universities of De Montfort University, Leicester, SDA Bocconi School of Managememt, Milan and the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland, will soon be welcoming the 2011/12 postgraduates to the programme for the new 12th edition of the course. In September, 29 postgraduates will be welcomed to Leicester by the FIFA Master Scientific Committee before the class begin their studies for the first Humanities of Sport module, taught by academics from in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture based at De Montfort University. Following completion of this module the class will continue their studies after Christmas at the prestigious SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy. They will then finally move to Neuchâtel, Switzerland, to complete the Sports Law module with lectures provided by leading sports law Professors who are at the forefront of sports law research and practice. The students will also deliver their Final Project reports to sports industry representatives during this final module.   The 2011/12 class was selected from nearly 200 applications, 28% of which came from Europe, 15% from North and Central America, 26% from Asia and Oceania, 17% from South America and 14% from Africa. The CIES is proud of the growing global reputation of the programme as the course develops each year and our graduates continue to progress their careers in the sports industry.   The CIES and the partner universities welcome our 12th edition students:  

  • Adam Giles, Australian
  • Alexandre Cabot, Canadian/ French
  • Amir Sedighi, Iranian
  • Aneeqah Dinaully, South African
  • Antonio José Ibáñez, Chilean/ Italian
  • Chaerhee Lee, South Korean
  • David Squires, English
  • Diana Engetschwiler, Swiss/ Spanish
  • El Rhali El Amrani, Moroccan/ Canadian
  • Enio Gualberto Junior, Brazilian
  • Eric Sieber, Swiss/ Taiwanese
  • Federico Raviglione, Italian/American
  • Guy Gérard von Senger, Swiss
  • Honey Thaljieh, Palestinian
  • James Kitching Australian/Italian
  • Jose Andres Portabella, Guatemalese/Dutch
  • Karolin Monika Cornelia Smeets, Belgian/ German
  • Kylie Laura Elizabeth Isdale, South African
  • Laura Ruhnke, Swiss/ Canadian
  • Lindsay-Anne Freire, Canadian/ Portuguese
  • Lu Ting, Chinese
  • Marc-Olivier Neu, German/ French
  • Maria De La Paz, Spanish
  • Mario Maggi Schultz, Peruvian/Italian
  • Mirella Silva Prado Arnhold, Brazilian
  • Robert Swain, American/ Bolivian
  • Sonam Jigmi, Buthanese
  • Stella Konstanze Iris Grammatikos, German/Greek
  • Ulf-Rauno Marquard, German

  Applications for the 2012-2013 (13th edition) of the FIFA Master programme will be open from September this year. To apply and for further information please visit