Reporting from Monaco, Professor Moïse LOUISY-LOUIS

On November 23rd, IUM students, faculty and staff had the pleasure to host Mr. Eric Manasse, a football agent highly experienced with the Italian and South American football championship

s. For about an hour, Mr. Manasse presented the football agency industry, discussed career opportunities and outlook for the industry, and enthusiastically answered to questions.

Among the audience, it was easy to identify football fans. Etienne (French), Jacquelyn (US), Dana (Czech), Tim (German) and Hossam (Egyptian) were all very keen to know about the sport agency industry. In fact, Mr. Manasse did provide them with some inside about transfer deals, communication patterns, crunchy stories and incredible success stories. The topic was very interesting not only to students enrolled in the MSPS and MSBM programs but also to other programs since the debate echoed contemporary issues (including communications and interpersonal skills or money issues).

Born in Milan, Italy, Eric Manasse went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida (USA) where he graduated with honors in economics and sociology. He played soccer in college and later in the Metropolitan league of New York for 18 years. Eric became the first FIFA soccer agent in the USA in 1996 and began representing players from CONCACAF such as Eduardo “El Tanque” Hurtado of Ecuador, “Chaka” Palacio, Diego Serna, later to begin bringing the first Ecuadorian players to the English Premier League such as Agostin Delgado to Southampton and Ulisse de la Cruz to Aston Villa. Eric then “discovered” Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani bringing him to Palermo, and Argentine striker Osvaldo to Atalanta. Now an FIFA and USSF agent for over 15 years, Eric lives in Monaco and works with such legendary players as Diego Maradona, Carlos Dunga, and Ruud Gullit.

The IUM Community would like to sincerely thank Mr. Manasse for his time and professionalism.