Date: 2018.03.29 | Category: Other Sports | Response: 0

Happy Birthday, ECA!

On 27th March 2018 the European Club Association (ECA) celebrated its 10th anniversary in Rome/Italy. Like FCH in Handball, ECA represents the interests of European Top Football Clubs vis-à-vis UEFA, FIFA and European Union. During this period ECA succeeded to gain representation in various bodies of UEFA and FIFA. All matters concerning the European Cups are decided in a joint company where UEFA and ECA have equal voting rights. Compensation for release of players to the World Championships was increased from 0 in 2006 to 40 Mio USD in 2010, to 70 Mio USD in 2014 and to 209 Mio USD in 2018. Due to a very competitive market the value of the CL media rights increased dramatically. FIFA President Infantino and UEFA President Ceferin attended the celebrations and addressed the participants.

ECA and FCH are in a permanent exchange of information for the last 10 years. A permanent observer from ECA is attending the General Assemblies of FCH on a regular basis and vice-versa. Looking forward to the next 10 years, ECA!

Date: 2018.03.14 | Category: Forum Club Handball | Response: 0

During the last General Assemblies of the Men’s (Zagreb January 2018) and Women’s Forum Club Handball (Hamburg Dec 2017) it was decided to prolong the cooperation between both independent bodies until 30th June 2022.  The according agreement was signed by the two Presidents Xavier O’Callaghan (Men) and Zsolt Akos Jeney (Women) in Vienna on  6th March 2018. Accordingly Gerd Butzeck will remain Managing Director of both organizations until 2022.

Date: 2018.02.08 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

Yesterday FCH Vice-President Bertus Servaas/PGE Vive Kielce – Poland resigned from his office in FCH. In his message to FCH he explained that  ‘the work is done’ and wished ‘good luck’ in the future. FCH regrets the decision of Bert Servaas as Handball needs personalities like him.

#Bert: we are looking forward to seeing you during our next General Assemblies! All the best to you and your family!

Date: 2018.01.08 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

The EHF Executive Committee decided not the renew the Memorandum of Understanding with the ‘European Handball League Association’ during its ordinary meeting on the fringes of the IHF World Championship in Hamburg in December 2017. The current agreement between EHF and EPHLA expires on 30th June 2018. At the moment EPHLA has two seats in the EHF Professional Handball Board which is the body to exchange views between players, clubs, leagues, National Federations and EHF.

As of July 2018 EHF intends to set up a ‘European League Board’. All National Federations are requested to nominate a representative for the assembly of the European Handball Leagues.

Date: 2017.11.11 | Category: Forum Club Handball, IHF | Response: 0

On the fringes of the IHF-Congress, taking place in Belek/Turkey at the moment, for the first time ever FORUM CLUB HANDBALL and IHF signed a partnership agreement.

The document was signed by Women’s Forum President Zsolt Akos Jeney, Men’s Forum President Xavier O’Callaghan and IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa. It regulates the relationship between European top clubs and IHF on issues concerning release of players to the National team, compensation, insurance, calendar and others.

In the same congress IHF implemented clubs as stakeholder into the IHF statutes. FCH member clubs will receive full information on the partnership agreement in the upcoming General Assemblies in Hamburg and Zagreb.  GB

Date: 2017.10.19 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball | Response: 0

Cooperation agreement between EHF and European top clubs confirmed through to 2030

The EHF and Forum Club Handball have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a meeting of the Forum Club Handball (FCH) board in Mallorca, Spain on Monday 16 October 2017.

The signing of the agreement follows formal approval of the terms of the MoU by the FCH Board. An according mandate was given during the FCH General Assemblies during the VELUX Final4 in Cologne in 2016 and confirmed in 2017.

The EHF and Forum Club Handball signed the first MoU in 2010 and subsequently renewed the agreement in 2014. The current agreement expires in June 2018.

Following intensive negotiations, the two bodies have decided to further extend their cooperation through to 2030.

Commenting on the agreement, EHF President, Michael Wiederer, said: “The EHF has a long tradition of dialogue with top clubs and we share the common goal of strengthening top-class handball. We see it as the responsibility of the EHF to bring together both club and national team interests on one platform, and the signing of this new agreement will provide us with a solid basis in order to take the whole of the sport to an even higher level.”

The President of Forum Club Handball, Xavier O’Callaghan, said: “The new MoU is a milestone in the history of the relationship between clubs and federations. We will now become real partners, with each contributing with their own assets. This is what we have been looking for from the very beginning. Now we hope to build a common future and continue to improve handball at a club level.”

Long-term agreement

The signing of the MoU through to 2030 further supports the EHF in its ongoing tender process for the audio-visual and marketing rights for its top club and national team competitions.

The tender, which launched on 18 September, has generated strong interest and qualified companies have until 15 November 2017 to submit their proposals.

Audio-visual and marketing rights are available on a modular basis for club competitions including the EHF Champions League, EHF Cup and Challenge Cup as well as national team competitions.

Terms of MoU

The new MoU covers structural issues, including representation within the Professional Handball Board and EHF Executive Committee, as well as developments on a technical level.

The two bodies have also agreed the terms for the release of players for national team weeks and European Championships. This includes compensation for the release of players and insurance for players injured during these periods.

Further changes will see a repositioning of the marketing strategy for top club competitions with EHF and club rights to be bundled within EHF Marketing GmbH.

A joint company is to be created with equal number of board representatives from the EHF and FCH. This company will run the Men’s CL business. The interests of clubs in the marketing process will be further represented by the appointment of a second managing director for EHF Marketing GmbH. All FCH member clubs will receive detailed information and a copy of the MoU on 19.10.2017. GB

Date: 2017.10.02 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball | Response: 0

 

During a meeting in mid-September between the Leadership of EHF and FCH, the terms of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two bodies were agreed. The EHF Executive Committee approved the document formally during its Executive Committee meeting in Lisbon last weekend.

The EHF and Forum Club Handball signed the first MoU in 2010 and subsequently renewed the agreement in 2014.

The current agreement expires in June 2018.

The signing of the MoU ist scheduled to take place after approval of the FCH Board on 16 October 2017 on the fringes of the annual FCH Board Meeting in Mallorca, Spain. Details will be announced jointly following the signing of the new agreement.

Date: 2017.09.27 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

The anual ordinary FCH Board meeting will take place in Spain on 16./17.10.2017. The Board of the Men’s Forum will take place on 16th, the Board of the Women’s Forum will take place on 17th October 2017. The meeting will be attended by the President and Secretary General of the European Handball Federation (EHF).

The major topics on the agenda will be the future cooperation between FCH and EHF, as both ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) are expiring on 30th June 2018. GB

Date: 2017.08.09 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

During todays conference call the FCH-Board dealt with the ‘Palmarsson case’. According to various press information the player informed his club Telekom Veszprem HC via WhatsApp at the beginning of the preparation phase of season 17/18 in July 2017 that he is not willing to be part of the team although he has a valid contract until June 2018. This behavior of one of the top players is not acceptable. It causes various and severe problems to the management of the multiple EHF VELUX CL FINAL4 participant.

The board of FORUM CLUB HANDBALL (FCH) unanimously condemns all type of disrespect of existing contracts, regardless whether it concerns players or clubs. Both parties are called to respect existing agreements at any time.

Date: 2017.07.03 | Category: EHF, Forum Club Handball | Response: 0

A number of leading European Clubs, including Barcelona, Kiel, Kielce and Veszprem, pooled their TV and Marketing Rights for international Club Handball as of season 18/19 on occasion of the VELUX EHF CHAMPIONSLEAGUE draw. Related documents were signed in Ljubljana last Friday.

The European Top Clubs expressed the wish of a cooperation between clubs, EHF and International Management Group (IMG) in the future.

Earlier this year EHF announced on the fringes of the VELUX CL Final4 that it is intended to launch a call for a tender for the Champions League rights as of 2020. At the same time the clubs regard themselves to be the owner of their TV and Marketing Rights, once the current MoU expires on 30th June 2018.

In order to prepare European Club Handball for the future, FCH and EHF will shortly start negotiations on a new ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) for the next term, commencing on 1st July 2018.