Christian van Ginneke will take part in ESSMA’s Development & Construction Workshop to elaborate the multifunctional FC Groningen training site project. He is the client representative and project manager of Euroborg NV for the Elite Sports Training & Health Centre for FC Groningen (Dutch Premier League). Euroborg NV is the owner of both the stadium and training site and they lease the facilities to FC Groningen.

Read more on the cooperation between Liga Portugal and LaLiga to promote professional football, the engaged FIFA 2018 World Cup, the Paris Saint-Germain Training Center, a 3D ticketing service at AS Roma and a facial recognition system for the 2020 Olympics in this short industry update by ESSMA.

In April 2018, Aberdeen FC and the Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust (AFCCT) received final planning permission for their proposed new stadium, training and community facilities from the relevant authorities at a site to the west of the city. This was an important step towards the realisation of Aberdeen FC’s long held ambition.

Ben Cronshaw, a Candidate of the FBA Professional Master in Football Business, about his learnings from The FBA stadium tour to Germany, supported by ESSMA. The FBA, an ESMMA Partner, offers its students a Professional Master in Football Business with the objective to deliver them all the necessary tools and an optimal learning environment in order to succeed in the passionate and dynamic football industry.


The FBA candidates undertook a two-day trip to Germany to visit four different stadiums: the Commerzbank Arena, Veltins Arena, Signal Iduna Park and Merkur Spielarena. The aim was to gain a deeper understanding of each construct through presentations and stadium tours and imparted wisdom from representatives of each Bundesliga club. Expertly organised by ESSMA, the trip was a massive success that left the candidates tired, inspired, a practical application to the theoretical knowledge gained and four completely unconnected and different approaches of how to maximise the potential of stadiums both in football and beyond.

The futuristic shape of the 40,000 capacity Al Wakrah Stadium mirrors the innovative, ambitious spirit of the Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy. The stadium’s design is inspired by the sails of traditional dhow boats. Furthermore, the stadium will host matches through to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals.