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Football is a game of power.

Georg Pangl

travels from Austria

Football expert, former international UEFA football official, entrepreneur, author

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Georg Pangl knows football before and above all behind the scenes of FIFA and UEFA. Behind the world's most popular sport is also a huge network in which power and conflicts of interest are the order of the day. What is really going on in the background there and who are the real "players" behind the economic sector of football? In extremely exciting lectures, Georg Pangl shows how hard battles are fought behind the curtains.

Why you should book Georg Pangl for your next event

  • The speaker Georg Pangl gives extremely exclusive insights into the structures of one of the biggest industries in the world – as exciting as a thriller.
  • He offers astonishing perspectives and explanations on the political and economic mechanisms behind the sport.
  • Charming, humorous and with excellent analysis, he presents the sometimes unbelievable machinations in the current processes.

Georg Pangl, a native of Burgenland, has worked in the football industry all his life. He formerly held executive positions at UEFA, the Austrian Football League and the Association of European Football Leagues (EPFL – now European Leagues). Now he owns the Pangl Football Group, with which he manages various projects in football and gathers further exclusive insights here.

During his career at the major institutions UEFA, the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) and the European Leagues, Pangl was able to gather exclusive insights into the decision-making processes in international competitions, such as the Champions League or the World and European Championships, which sometimes shook him. Until 2019, he worked in leading positions of these federations and gained important experience with the world’s most important sport. But the power games, conflicts of interest and dubious goings-on behind the scenes of football ultimately also led to Pangl giving up his function in this world. It seemed more important to him to start independent projects in football and to be able to choose his own partners there. Since 2021, Pangl has also been a member of the Advisory Board of FOOTBALL BUSINESS INSIDE (FBIN), where he also has a leading advisory function.

Georg Pangl knows the mechanisms behind the supposedly so relaxed sport. The decisions made to make the Games as profitable as possible are momentous and reach into the highest echelons of international politics. Who is really pulling the strings when it comes to hosting big events like the World Cup? How can one really understand the mechanism behind football?

Georg Pangl has been an expert in the field of invisible power politics, which also shakes up football, since 1986. In his lectures, he presents in an exciting and authentic way how the big players act to enforce their interests. More exciting than any TV series and definitely also of great use to companies and their employees, these exciting insights are of great benefit.

Possible lecture languages are English and German. The speaker will travel from Austria.

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The Mafia System of World Football: Backgrounds, Distribution of Power and Decision-Making Processes

  • Football is one of, if not the largest economic sector in the world, moving the masses around the globe and having followers all over the world.
  • Behind it is a machinery that is organised in associations on the continents in order to arrange this as much as possible so that a lot of profit remains with the associations.
  • The credibility and reputation is already more than damaged – the speaker will show the staggering power structures and prophesies the downfall of football because the quest for power and profit is growing incessantly.
  • In the lecture, the network, the structures and mechanisms are shown and who are actually the real “players” as well as opponents and their backers and interests.
  • A more than exciting keynote, which shows the dark side of the favourite sport and the true working methods of the officials and in the end reveals who actually has the power in the world of football.
  • With concrete and sometimes unbelievable examples and figures, the native Austrian shows why football is moving towards the abyss and what needs to be done to stop this development.
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A World Cup in winter? Unbelievable - how could this happen...?

  • The awarding of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has caused many question marks.
  • Not only because of the venue, but also because of the timing.
  • Why is Qatar playing in Advent for the first time in the history of football?
  • Many football enthusiasts wonder how such an absurd decision was made.
  • Possibly, it was made possible with the use of 200 million dollars.
  • An exciting lecture about the cronies and dark channels of decision-making.
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Why the Super League will exist

  • The European “Super League” was not really prevented, but de facto decided by UEFA – that is why the Champions League will become a closed competition at the insistence of the clubs.
  • European football is undemocratic – and there is no fair play when it comes to the distribution of billions.
  • UEFA is a kind of government agency and unfortunately a toothless paper tiger, because the real power lies with the big clubs.
  • The financial gap will destroy football as we know it in the near future.
  • This is caused, for example, by the questionable fact that Real Madrid receive € 35 million every year for the goals of Ferenc Puskas from the 1950s, in addition to the entry fee in the Champions League, and the small clubs only receive 1, 2, or 3 million?
  • The new 15 billion sale of the Champions League rights until 2027 is destroying the national leagues for good!
  • The biggest profiteers of the Champions League billions are the players and the agents – and the fan pays.

Georg Pangl - General Secretary, European Leagues

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