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Soccerex has announced that its 2013 Global Convention will see a large Russian presence focused on the country’s staging of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and its proposed Unified Football League concept being developed with Ukraine.

Soccerex has announced that its 2013 Global Convention will see a large Russian presence focused on the country’s staging of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and its proposed Unified Football League concept being developed with Ukraine.

The announcement comes after a meeting between Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie and 2018 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Alexei Sorokin in Moscow this month. All of the 2018 host cities have been invited to the Convention which so far has seen an extremely positive reply from over half of the cities. Whilst at the Convention, representatives from these cities will take part in a special Russian workshop where they will discuss the different projects they’re undertaking in order to host the world of football. On the same morning there will be an exclusive workshop by the Organising Committee of the Unified Football League. The workshop will explore the emergence of supranational leagues and their influence on the development of football across the world, giving the industry a first chance to explore the multiple business opportunities this new league would create.

Speaking on Russia’s relationship with Soccerex, Sorokin said: “We have always been a big supporter of Soccerex and are looking forward to getting more deeply involved with the Global Convention over the course of the next few years in the build-up to the next World Cup – starting with Rio this year and then in Manchester from 2014. It provides an invaluable platform for us in world football and we are already engaged in deep discussion to bring Soccerex to Russia.”

Revie added: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome this large Russian involvement to this year’s Soccerex Global Convention.  In the next five years Russia will host the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and of course the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in what will be one of the most exciting chapters in the history of sport. We’re proud to be working alongside them in their preparations to welcome the world of sport to their door.” This year’s Soccerex Global Convention will be held from November 30 to December 5 at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. For further information about this event please call +44 (0)208 987 5522, or visit www.soccerex.com/global.

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