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Connections between Cork City FC and Malmö FF existed long before they both agreed to became part of SD Europe’s ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ project back in 2015. The two clubs had crossed paths previously in the Intertoto Cup in 2004, and were also in touch around the time of City’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2014.

The similarities between the two clubs are also interesting and relevant: both clubs are located in the second cities of their respective…

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Since its beginnings in 2007, SD Europe has always advocated for improved and strong governance in sport, particularly football, across Europe. The organisation was therefore delighted to sign up to the European Commission’s pledge to implement Good Governance in European Sport earlier in the summer.

Through its work with supporters’ organisations, local groups and member-run clubs across the continent, SD Europe aims to improve understanding around the key challenges and benefits associated with good governance, and made the topic one of its…

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Following on from a visit to Ireland in April, Malmö FF are preparing to host Erasmus+ partners Cork City FC in Sweden later this week.

The ties between these two clubs go back over a decade to a time when the Intertoto Cup was a fixture on the European club football calendar. The Leesiders claimed home and away wins over their Swedish counterparts to progress to the next stage of the competition back in 2004, and the tie was fondly remembered…

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SD Europe is delighted to confirm that our project application LIAISE was recently selected for funding by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

LIAISE stands for Project for a Liaison-based Integrated Approach to Improving Supporter Engagement and will run from January 2018 until December 2019, with support and funding from UEFA.

The primary objective of LIAISE is to encourage the football authorities and partner agencies to recognise the value of enhanced dialogue and communication between club supporter liaison officers (SLOs) and the football…

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The fourth ever Fútbol Popular event took place in Getafe, just outside Madrid from July 21 – 23 recently. SD Europe was in attendance along with Erasmus+ project partners Supporters in Campo and SFSU.

The Fútbol Popular movement in Spain continues to grow. Now into double figures, it’s a collective of fan-owned, community-orientated football clubs that believe there is a different way to organise and run clubs in football today.

SD Europe’s Niamh O’Mahony addressed the opening session, speaking about the organisation’s Erasmus+ project (entitled…

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The Czech Football League (LFA), who recently assumed responsibility for the SLO work from the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR), organised the first SLO workshop for Czech clubs in Prague on 20 July. Around 20 representatives from 12 first and second division clubs, including supporters, attended the event at the headquarters of the FACR.

Before the workshop started, LFA media officer Daniel Hajný explained the importance attached by the LFA to the SLO role, saying: “As a League football…

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A 13-strong delegation made up of Finnish SLOs and the SLO coordinator of the Football Association of Finland (SPL) travelled to Stockholm for an observation visit to the game between Djurgårdens IF and GIF Sundsvall on 10 July.

After having lunch together, the delegation were given a tour of the Tele2 Arena by the two SLOs of Djurgården, Lena Gustafson Wiberg and Nils Ek. The rest of the afternoon was spent in one of the meeting rooms at the stadium, where…

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In mid-June approximently 30 supporters from different teams gathered in Malmö to discuss and learn from each other at SFSU’s summer event. 

The weekend began with the SFSU chairperson Sofia Bohlin welcoming everyone. She presented  SFSU’s activities so far in 2017. Much time was devoted to talking about the participation in SD Europe’s Erasmus+ project. As part of the project, representatives from Supporters in Campo had been invited.

At the SFSU AGM, held in November 2016, it was decided to form a…

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As part of the Erasmus+ project, ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’, SFSU and Supporters in Campo will visit fellow partner FASFE this coming weekend in Madrid.
An extensive programme has been planned and different stakeholders around football have been invited.

Emilio Abejon from FASFE said: “This event will mark another step up in the Fútbol Popular movement. Until today we’ve worked in setting up a group of clubs and organisations with common practices and goals and now we are ready to…

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SD Europe was delighted to attend the 2017 Football Supporters Europe (FSE) European Football Fan Congress (EFFC) in Ghent and Lokeren recently. Over 300 fans were part of the workshops, held over two days from July 7th to 8th, and SD Europe team members took part in two key sessions on the agenda.

FSE CEO Ronan Evain welcomed participants to the Ghelamco Arena in Gent before attendees had a choice of four different sessions: Away Fans at European Competitions, Football &…

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