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When Fenerbahce hosted Celtic FC for the final match of the UEFA Europa League group stage, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) took the opportunity to organise a bilateral SLO meeting between the Turkish clubs and the SLO of Celtic FC. Also invited to participate were Loukas Anastasiadis of SD Europe and Stefan Schatz, fan project worker and former SLO of FC St. Pauli, who travelled to Istanbul to see the match together with the supporters of Celtic.

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The third match day of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage saw the Belgian Football Association (RBFA) host Jonathan Waite, SLO at Tottenham Hotspur, Belgian SLOs and representatives of the RBFA and also supporters’ organisations.

Stijn Van Bever (co-worker Pro League) and Ertan Elibol (co-worker Security dept. KBVB) welcomed the participants before Erik Reynaerts (Supporter Liaison Officer RBFA) kicked off what developed in a very interesting discussion. Jonathan was next up, explaining what he does at Tottenham, how he interacts with…

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The Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) project was a topic of discussion at two major UEFA events in September, when SD Europe SLO consultant Stuart Dykes attended both the UEFA-EU Stadium and Security Conference in Warsaw and the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop in Dubrovnik.

Addressing the security conference in the Polish capital, UEFA vice-president Michael Van Praag underlined UEFA’s readiness for dialogue with supporter organisations as well as its support for initiatives from clubs and supporters across Europe…

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Ton Strooband, head of Feyenoord’s Social Responsibility department spoke about the club’s work on the SLO project and how it offers to the supporters more than just a positive matchday experience but a holistic feeling of belonging and identification. He also explains the importance of having a SLO department with three acting SLOs and highlights the benefits of organisational and decision-making balance.

How does the SLO project function in Feyenoord?
Our Supporter Liaison Officer department sits within our Social Responsibility department, as we consider SLOs as people that are there to…

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The Gooner spoke to Mark Brindle, Arsenal’s Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO), for their second issue of the season.

The interview covers a lot of different topics including how he works with the Supporters Clubs around the world and other fan organisations, what’s being done regarding ticket prices and improving the atmosphere, and what’s been his highlight of the year he’s been in the role.

He also spoke about how he came to get the job for which there wasn’t room…

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The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) organised an SLO bilateral meeting in Thessaloniki on the day before the Europa League play-off round first leg between PAOK and Brøndby IF. It was attended by Kaltampanidis Efthimis and Giantsidis Kiriakos) of the PAOK FC fan department, PAOK security officer Panagiotis Pliatsikas, Telis Zournatsidis, representative and team manager of PAOK basketball club and also Lasse Bauer and Mickel Lauritsen, SLO and security officer of Brøndby IF respectively. The discussion began with a welcome from…

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Jorge Silverio, SLO coordinator at the Portuguese Football Federation, spoke last week in an interview about his efforts to increase match attendances and bring supporters closer to their club.

The prediction for 2015/16 season is that attendances in Portuguese stadiums will be higher than previous years, a result that is far from random. “The FA, the league and the clubs have been working towards this for quite some time,” Jorge said. “However, it takes time to begin seeing results and you…

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The first leg of the second Europa League qualifying round saw Bulgarian club Beroe Stara Zagora host Danish side Brøndby IF. The Bulgarian Football Union took the opportunity to organise its first UEFA SLO bilateral meeting, which was also the inaugural meeting for the 2015/16 season.

The event took place at the premises of the local BFU branch one day before the match. It was chaired by BFU SLO coordinator Dimitar Christov and attended by representatives of the local BFU office…

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Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor managed to secure Visas on Arrival for the club’s travelling supporters for their recent away match against Qarabaq in Azerbaijan.

As the visa process can take up to 10 days, supporters are often prevented from travelling. However, through this cooperation the necessary time was reduced to just three days, and with the use of the club’s communications channels (website, Twitter, etc.), Celtic enjoyed the support of over 100 fans instead of the original handful expected to…

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2014/15 has been another busy year for the SLO project as various licensing bodies across Europe organised training workshops or events for their club SLOs, the UEFA SLO bilateral meetings were introduced, new translated and localised handbooks were published, initiatives with direct impact on the SLO were started, there was an effort for its better understanding by and cooperation with non-football stakeholders, its communications improved with a new UEFA electronic newsletter, a new SD Europe newsletter, the launch of the official twitter account and more.

Training workshops

The…

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