ECA Newsletter No. 6 - 2014/15

NEWSLETTER

No. 6 - 2014/15

Plenary Session During the Plenary Session on Tuesday morning, ECA was pleased to see the presence of an important number of Member Clubs and to welcome several high-level guest speakers.

MEMBERS INFORMATION ///////////////////

CONGRATULATIONS! Several domestic championships have already crowned their champions for the 2014/15 season. ECA would like to warmly congratulate all clubs for this success, and to wish them already the best of luck for the qualifying rounds and group stage of next season’s UEFA Champions League!

Chelsea FC (ENG) FC Bayern München (GER) Juventus (ITA) PSV Eindhoven (NED) Olympiacos FC (GRE) GNK Dinamo (CRO) Celtic FC (SCO) Videoton FC (HUN) Crusaders FC (NIR) The New Saints FC (WAL) FC Santa Coloma (AND)

Following the traditional welcome words by ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, during which he welcomed all Member Club representatives and guests, and announced the signature of two new cooperation agreements, respectively with FIFA and UEFA, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke took the floor. Jérôme Valcke underlined FIFA’s duty to support club football, before announcing the new agreement with ECA and handing over the signed contract to ECA General Secretary Michele Centenaro. Following his speech, UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino took the floor and highlighted the importance of the partnership between UEFA and ECA. He then developed on the newly signed MoU between the two organisations, expressing his satisfaction on the good cooperation with ECA. More details on both agreements can be found on the following pages.

2015/16 UEFA CLUB COMPETITIONS DRAW DATES The 2015/16 European season will already kick-off in June, with the first draw for both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League Qualifying Rounds. The key dates for the start of the 2015/16 European campaign are as follows:

 First/Second QR Draw: 22 June 2015, Nyon

 Third QR Draw: 17 July 2015, Nyon

 Play-Off Round Draw: 07 August 2015, Nyon

 Group Stage Draw: 27 August 2015, Monaco

ECA MEETINGS ////////////////////////////////////

ECA GENERAL ASSEMBLY On the 30th and 31st of March, the 14th ECA General Assembly was held at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. This General Assembly, attended by 143 Member Clubs, can possibly be considered as the most important one since the creation of ECA for the ground-breaking announcements made.

ECA General Secretary Michele Centenaro then welcomed Dino Selimović on stage, as the newly elected Board Member of the 4th Subdivision. In his speech, he explained that he was honoured to be elected as Board Member from the 4th Subdivision and thanked the Members who voted for him during

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