Sep 11, 2018
At a hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, September 4th, FIFPro, Fifa, the Premier League, European Commission, ECA and SD Europe discussed the growing gap between the big and small football clubs across Europe.
Under the banner, Towards a Fair Football Competition in Europe, MEPs Paul Tang, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells and Bogdan Wenta hosted a panel discussion focusing on how European institutions can help to improve the competitive balance in European football.
Fifa talked the audience through the current developments…
Sep 07, 2018
The coming Serie D season is expected to be one of the most competitive and exciting Italian football has seen in recent years. Former Serie A clubs including Bari, Modena, Cesena and Reggio Audace will mix with names such as Calcio Avellino, and there is a successful story of a different kind amongst them – namingly, U.S. Città di Fasano.
Fasano, a town that is part of Brindisi in southern Italy, has always had a proud tradition of playing the beautiful…
Sep 04, 2018
The latest in a long line of bilateral SLO meetings took place in the run-up to the Champions League third qualifying round fixture between Dynamo Kyiv and Slavia Prague on 14 August.
Jointly organised by the Ukrainian NGO Football Democracy and SD Europe, the meeting saw Slavia SLO Jana Kaufnerová take time out of a busy schedule for an exchange of views with fellow SLO Maxym Sholomko (FC Obolon Kyiv) and football activist and Football Democracy founder, Igor Gomonai.
Jana has supported…
Aug 21, 2018
From Norway to Cyprus, and Israel to Ireland, SD Europe’s network touches 38 countries in Europe alone and beyond. To highlight and celebrate our growing network, this week sees the kick off of a new social media campaign, highlighting the supporters groups, member-run clubs, and supporter liaison officers (SLOs) that make up our organisation.
Supporters should be at the heart of football today. In working to ensure their voice is heard within the decision-making processes of clubs, leagues, member associations and…
Aug 01, 2018
Cypriot member-run club ‘People’s Club Omonia 1948’ held its inaugural AGM in July, an event that was attended by SD Europe.
The members of PAC Omonia 1948 approved the founding statutes and interim board before unanimously asking for their club to immediately have a strong social and community focus, alongside sporting success.
PAC Omonia 1948 was officially recognised by the civil court a few days later and the newly-founded member-run club will start its journey in the 4th tier of Cypriot football.
Aug 01, 2018
The ancient Roman ruins scattered around the Catalan city of Tarragona provided a spectacular backdrop to the fifth meeting of Spain’s Fútbol Popular movement at the end of July (27-29).
Hosted by FC Tarraco, fan-owned clubs from across the country gathered for debate, knowledge sharing and discussion and, of course, an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on what has been an incredible season for many of the organisations involved. (Read our 2017/18 season review.)
Kicking off the weekend at the home…
Jul 26, 2018
The wonderful city of Gijón in northern Spain played host to the Football Supporters Europe (FSE) summer network meeting from July 19th to 22nd. Organised by Unión de Peñas Sportinguistas (UNIPES) and Spanish national supporters organisation FASFE, the event brought together supporters from across Europe to discuss a range of topical issues.
Kicking off two days of presentations and debate, the opening panel discussion focused on how the supporter liaison officer (SLO) and Disability Access Officer (DOA) roles can be implemented in…
Jul 05, 2018
‘Peluza Catalin Hildan’, the main supporters’ organisation of Dinamo Bucharest, has been working on the launch of the DDB (Just Dinamo Bucharest) project, that will allow the club’s supporters to assume increased structured influence in the running of their club.
In the past few months, PCH has undertaken significant steps in restructuring itself as a supporters’ organisation with a wider scope of activities. Board members and volunteers have worked methodically to develop a plan, under which the PCH will be able…
Jun 28, 2018
Supporter liaison officers (SLOs) from 13 countries attended the third meeting of the European SLO network at the home of Feyenoord Rotterdam in early June. The gathering constituted a highpoint in the development of this growing representative body.
After previous meetings in Stockholm and Gelsenkirchen it was the turn of Rotterdam to do the honours this time. Representing host club Feyenoord, manager for supporters and social work Ton Strooband welcomed the following SLOs to the third meeting of the European SLO…
Jun 21, 2018
Football fans in the city of Lier are pouring their energy into a new project, K. Lyra-Lierse, following the bankruptcy of former Belgian champions K. Lierse SK in May.
Guiding fans through months of uncertainty and worry, supporters groups GeelZwart, Yellow Black’s Army and the Lierse Supporters Association came together to form a new fundraising and awareness initiative entitled Lierse voor Altijd (Lierse Forever) back in the spring.
In the beginning, Lierse voor Altijd (LVA)’s objectives were simple: to maintain clear and…