Lennart Johansson scholarships raise UEFA education pressure

Scholarships bearing the name of former UEFA President Lennart Johansson are growing the skills of humans with the ability to play a leadership function in football inside the future.

The Lennart Johansson Scholarships for Football Leaders are named after the famend Swedish football leader and administrator, who led European football’s governing body from 1990 to 2007 before becoming UEFA honorary President.

Scholarships are available to contributors in two UEFA training programmes: The Executive Master in Sport Governance (MESGO) and the UEFA Executive Master for International Players (MIP).


MESGO is an one-of-a-kind programme for sports activities area experts wishing to reinforce their strategic questioning in the evolving international of world sports governance, at the same time as the MIP is a tailored programme aiming to present former gamers the gear to lay the foundations for successful soccer management and management careers when they hold up their boots.

Eleven members within the 5th version of MESGO – from UEFA member institutions, soccer golf equipment and European establishments – are being supported of their studies by Lennart Johansson scholarships, and might be attending this month’s 2nd session of the fifth edition in western Switzerland. Studies at the consultation will awareness at the governance of sports companies.

UEFA’s instructional programmes are designed to foster player’s private improvement by equipping them with information and equipment that, inside the long time, will help the sustainable improvement of European soccer.

The Lennart Johansson scholarships also purpose to broaden the range of those who participate in UEFA’s schooling programmes – mainly in phrases of gender, origin, cultural background and place of knowledge – and sell democratic values.

The management board for the scholarships incorporates one representative each from the Lennart Johansson Foundation and Centre de Droit et d’Economie du Sport (CDES) – the lead instructional companion turning in both the MESGO and MIP programmes – and 3 representatives of UEFA or UEFA member associations.

Lennart Johansson is the board’s honorary president, and UEFA handles the administration of each the board and the scholarships. An annual budget covers the board’s running costs and the scholarships themselves,

To apply for a scholarship, candidates have to have carried out for an area at the MESGO or MIP programmes and fulfil the admission standards. MESGO candidates have to, among others, have a minimum five years’ revel in in a relevant field and at managerial stage.

Only applicants from sports activities organizations related to soccer – country wide institutions, clubs, leagues, players’ unions or every other UEFA stakeholders – can practice for scholarships, although scholarships can be presented to candidates concerned in any other kind of organization if the candidature has a selected relevance to the programme.

MIP scholarship candidates have to include on their CV a profession in soccer as a participant, coach or referee at worldwide stage, in addition to as a minimum one selection within the senior countrywide team, or several seasons as a player for a European pinnacle-division club with at least one appearance in a UEFA senior membership competition.

The MIP hopefuls also can were the principle educate of a senior countrywide team, or have spent several seasons as a teach for a European top-division club with as a minimum one game in a UEFA senior club opposition. Referees are not neglected both. Any referee with at least one sport as a referee in a UEFA senior membership or countrywide group competition beneath his/her belt can follow for a MIP location.

The board examines and comes to a decision upon all scholarship packages from MESGO applicants, considering criteria such as the candidate’s capacity to play a leadership position within the future, and the location of the candidate inside an agency. For MIP candidates, their present day expert hobby and their profile are key application factors.

The introduction of the scholarship honours Lennart Johansson’s lasting contribution to the improvement of European soccer, and the advertising of accurate governance in football businesses.

The former UEFA President, now 89, who changed into at European football’s helm at a time of a large normal improvement of the sport, along with the launch of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA’s evolution into a modern-day commercial enterprise business enterprise, is proud that the scholarships undergo his name.

“The release of the Lennart Johansson scholarships offers me tremendous pleasure,” he stated. “Education and help to soccer leaders is of maximum importance for the future of football.”