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UEFA MIP IV – Viva Voce

The fourth edition of the UEFA MIP ended with the Viva Voce on 29 and 30 may 2023 in Budapest.

The participants defended their managerial report in front of a jury composed of representatives of the University of Limoges, the Birkbeck College (University of London), experts in sport management and UEFA.

The resultas were announced by Christophe Lepetit (director of the UEFA MIP, CDES, University of Limoges). A dinner was organised the same night in Budapest city center to celebrate the end of the programme. On Wednesday 31, all participants were invited to attend the final of the UEFA EUROPA League between AS Roma and Seville FC. The graduation ceremony will take place at UEFA Headquarters in October 2023 during the first session of the UEFA MIP V.

Congratulations to the participants for this amazing journey and their strong progression on so many aspects during the 18 months programme.

See you in October at UEFA to celebrate together and welcome the participants of UEFA MIP V. 

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Applications are open for UEFA MIP 5!


Applications to enroll in the UEFA MIP 5th promotion are now open, so if you want to follow the path of Bianca Rech, Eric Abidal, Kaká Leite, Lise Klaveness and many other international players who took part in the programme, let’s go!

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UEFA MIP 4 Session 6 – Back to Manchester

The UEFA MIP was back in the North of England.

A couple of weeks after the MIP third edition’s finl session in the North of England, we were back to Manchester and Liverpool for the 5th session of MIP fourth edition.

Once again co-managed by Stéphane Ehrhart (UEFA Academy) and Christophe Lepetit (CDES Limoges), this session was dedicated to stadium operations and sporting direction of clubs. During these 5 intense days, we had the opportunity to be hosted by some of the most iconic English football clubs: Manchester United (Aon training complex and Old Trafford), Manchester City (Etihad Stadium) and Liverpool (Anfield).

The participants received many insights coming from stadium and sporting experts. They were also very active, taking part in many workshops and simulations. They also had to present an update of the work carried out on their managerial report.

This session was the last one of 2022. The UEFA MIP 4th cohort will meet again in 2023 for the two last sessions in London 6-10 February) and Miami (27-31 March).

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Final whistle for the MIP third edition!

MIP 3 participants took part in the last session of the programme at the beginning of September in the North of England. After coping with 3 very disrupted years due to the COVID-19 pandemic during which they experienced considerable upheaval (sessions postponed, zoom sessions, bubble sessions, etc.), this final meeting was organised in Manchester and Liverpool from 5 to 9 September.

Co-directed by Christophe LEPETIT (CDES) and Stéphane EHRHART (UEFA Academy), the session dealt with two main issues: stadium and operations management and responsibilities of a sporting director.

Hosted in some of the most beautiful and iconic venues of Manchester (Old Trafford, AON Training Complex, Etihad Stadium) and Liverpool (Anfield), many experts coming from the sporting industry shared their insights and knowledge during these five days. The participants also had the possibility to shadow a stadium manager around a UEFA Europa League game between Manchester United and Real Sociedad.

After this last session – and a very busy year of 2022 – MIP 3 participants will have a final celebration at their graduation ceremony, early November, in Nyon.

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UEFA MIP IV in Lisbon

The UEFA MIP IV participants attended the 4th session, in Lisbon, from the 6th-10th of June 2022. Managed by Francesc Solanellas (INEF Catalunya), this session entitled “The manager in action” was dedicated to the practical issues on how the decision-making process is organised in sports organisations. During the session, the group was hosted in some of the best venues in Lisbon: Estadio da Luz, Nova University, Benfica Campus, Portuguese Football Federation and Portuguese National Olympic Committee. During the week, multiple issues were tackled and addressed by the different speakers regarding administrative, financial, HR or legal management of sports organisations, with a mix between academic and operational insights. Among the main speakers we had during the session were: Domingos Soares de Oliveira, CEO, SL Benfica Pedro Mil Homens, Director, Benfica Campus Fernando Soares Gomes da Silva, President, FPF Ferran Sorriano, CEO, City Football Group Pedro Pinto, Founder and CEO, Empower Sports Mafalda Urbano, Deputy CEO, FPF Pablo Longoria, President, Olympique de Marseille Marco Alves, Olympic programme and missions department director and Diana Gomes, Olympic Athlete’s Commission president, Portuguese National Olympic Committee Participants were also asked to present an update on the progress and status of their managerial thesis report. The next session will take place in October, in Manchester and Liverpool.
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