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Tue. 26 September 2017

Welcome to the 18th edition of the "FIFA Master" - International Master (MA) in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport

On Tuesday 19th September 2017, the new 18th edition "FIFA Master" - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport - class were welcomed to a new academic year by CIES Director Prof. Denis Oswald and the course Scientific Committee during a special ceremony held at the Trinity Chapel located at De Montfort University, Leicester. For the past seventeen years the "FIFA Master" has been a training ground for future managers in international sport business and is now firmly established as one of the leading sports management degree courses in the world.

The new 2017 - 2018 class will be based in England at De Montfort University’s renowned International Centre for Sports History and Culture as they study the Humanities of Sport. Following completion of this first module, the class will move in January to Italy where they will begin their second module concerning studies in Sports Management at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan. The class will then move from the end of March to Switzerland for the final Sports Law module at the University of Neuchâtel Law Faculty.

In addition to gathering a wide range of sports industry experts and renowned academics, the intensive programme will include field visits to some of the biggest names in the world of sport as the class complete their academic studies.

The "FIFA Master", which is co-ordinated by the Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES) and endorsed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has been named the No.1 postgraduate sports management course in Europe in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 by the global SportsBusiness International course rankings. With over 90% of course graduates now working in sport and for organisations that include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC), FC Juventus, FC Barcelona and the Sauber Formula 1 Team, the impact of the "FIFA Master" reaches across all continents and all sports.

The CIES, De Montfort University, SDA Bocconi School of Management and the University of Neuchâtel congratulate all 32 members of the new 18th edition class on gaining a place on the programme and wish them every success as they continue their studies.

Welcome to our new students:

Michael AIKEN, Abdulaziz AL-SULAITI, Ashley ARRIOLA, Régis BARDET, Claudio BAUMANN, Tachapat BENJASIRIWAN, Karl BILLIMORIA, Antonio BUENANO SANCHEZ, José Cândido BULHÕES PEDREIRA, Liang-Chen CHEN, Nicolas CRETTEX, Ricardo Leão De ANDRADE, Sinéad DOWLING, Alessandro GRAMAGLIA, SeungJin HAN, Yongmyung JO, Brightwell Tendai KADENGE, Khadija KAZMI, Amir KHOSRAVI, Yosuke KOTAKI, María Sofía MALIZIA OURSI, Oliver NAGY, Hrvoje PAVIC, Diego Enrique RIOS SOLARES, Vincenzo SARCI, Juhi SHAH, Thubaelihle SIBANDA, Hem Kaur SIDHU, Mongoljingoo SODGEREL, Alexa VICKROY, Stuart Neil WINSHIP, Gomezgani ZAKAZAKA