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ATK Midfielder Signs To Management Agency

Sporting Group International India (SGII) are delighted to announce it has added another Indian footballer to its ever-growing roster.

ATK midfielder Darren Caldeira joins the UK and India based player agency who also boast his team-mate Jayesh Rane amongst their stable.

The Mumbai-born midfielder began his career at Mahindra United before enjoying spells at Air India, Mumbai FC, JSW Bengaluru FC and Chennai City .

The 30 year old made the move to the ISL with ATK at the start of the most recent campaign.

Caldeira, who was delighted to be joining the SGI family, said, “I am extremely happy to sign with Sporting Group International.  I have spoken to many people within the game and they come very highly recommended.

“I have aspirations to win honours in the game and to be a success. I look forward to working with SGI who will support me in achieving this aim.”

SGI India General Manager Pranay Kapuria added, “We are delighted to have Darren on board, he is a top pro and we will help him to find his next destination in Indian Football”.

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Defender Amin puts pen to paper on Jamshedpur FC deal

Karan, 28, has put pen to paper on a deal that will see the defender join the club as they look to improve their current league position.

Born and bred in Mumbai, the defender began his career through the youth ranks at Mahindra United, Air India and Mumbai FC. The Mumbaikar also represented and captained Maharashtra’s under-21 team.

Continuing his career at Mumbai FC and DSK Shivajians in the I-League, Amin has teamed up with Steve Coppell’s side on a deal through to the end of the current campaign.

Amin said:

“The ISL is one of the fastest growing leagues in world football and I’m delighted to be joining a club that has genuine aspirations to be one the best sides in India.”

Feature story on Jamshedpur FC website, please click here:

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SGI Appoint Kapuria To Its New Delhi Operation

NEW DELHI, INDIA – 19 January 2018 – Sporting Group International (SGI) are delighted to announce Pranay Kapuria as its new General Manager for their New Delhi operation.

Pranay, who hails from Mumbai, recently completed his Masters in International Business Studies at University of Wolverhampton in England, receiving a Distinction.

Whilst in the UK, Pranay combined his studies with a role at Sporting Group International as their Research and Social Media Executive.  After impressing during this period, Pranay was offered the role of General Manager at Sporting Group International India in New Delhi, a position he assumed earlier this week.

Pranay will be managing the SGI’s player management programme of its footballers who ply their trade in the Indian Super League which includes Bengalaru’s Rahul Bheke and ATK’s Jayesh Rane.

In addition to this Pranay will assume responsibility for the Youth Football India (YFI) and Delhi Youth Leagues in the city.

Pranay, 22, was delighted to take up the role:

“From my 18 months experience in the UK I have picked up a lot of knowledge on how we can replicate and improve our operation here in India.

“The appetite for football is increasingly at fast rate in India and, as a big football fan myself, I would love to see this increase further.   We have a fantastic operation here at YFI already, and it is my aim to improve this further.”

SGI’s Chief Executive Adrian Wright echoed Pranay’s sentiments and added:

“Pranay is a very gifted young man that has a real passion for football, what he doesn’t know about the Indian football landscape isn’t worth knowing. If it wasn’t for his understanding, knowledge and connections in India, SGI would not have ventured in the player representation market.

“I would like to wish Pranay all the success and I cannot wait to work alongside him in a more senior capacity where he can excel with his love of the game and coupled with his learnings of business from his UK work and education.”

Sporting Jobs

Vacancy – Senior Sales Executive ( no longer available )

Our client is a major rights holder in a multitude of sports, they offer companies and brands the opportunity to promote themselves at some of the world’s top sporting events, including the English Premier League & Spanish La Liga.

They are excited to embark on stage 2 of an aggressive and extensive growth strategy, as they look to build a sales team that can sell the LED advertising at more clubs across the EPL the Championship and the Spanish La Liga.

They have a fantastic season ahead of them with even more opportunities and are looking to further develop our sales force. As well as offering an excellent commission structure, you will have the optimum training and the opportunity for fantastic career progression.

The Role:

You will be expected to open and close sponsorship and partnership agreements on behalf of their clients by utilising superior C-Level communication skills with global brands and organisations, accessing their existing database of contacts as well as intuitively researching your own leads.

What They are looking for:

You will have a minimum of 3 years sales experienceYou will have experience dealing with media buyers, C-Level decision makers and agencies with a quick deal turn aroundYou will have a proven background with opening and closing large dealsYou will have a strong network of contact that you can tap into or have the ability to cold call decision makers at new companiesYou will be a results-focused, ambitious, and highly driven individual looking to work in an exciting and fast-paced environment based in the heart of the cityThey are looking to take on-board intelligent, professional and energetic sales people to hit sales targets and drive revenue across the sales floorYou should be capable of thriving in a competitive marketYou will have the ability and desire for a sales job with a confident and determined approach

What my client offers in return:

You will work in a lively and exiting open plan in the heart of the cityThe opportunity to join a growing team on a buzzy vibrant sales floorThere is a real opportunity for successful sales people to earn enormous amounts of money.

To apply please click herePosted on Thursday Jan 3

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Vacancy – Travel Executive (First Team) | Position Closed

Our client within Football, specifically the Premier League, are currently recruiting for a Travel Executive who will be responsible for organising travel for the first team. You must be available to travel with the team to allmatches domestic and overseas.

The post holder is primarily responsible for all first team travel, will manage all aspect of the job including the booking and liaising with hotels, aircraft charter company, coach and car companies and will report directly to the Travel Manager and dotted line to the First Team Operations Manager. You must also be a team member and support the rest of the department where possible with all team travel, events and supporter liaison.


Team Travel

– Organise travel to all first team matches, including Premier League, Cup, friendlies and tour games, closely working with the First Team Operations Manager.

The Travel Executive will be based at the clubs Head Offices in London and the training ground in LondonSupport the First Team Operations Manager in working with the First Team Nutritionist, Executive Chef, performance and logistics staff to create an optimum schedule for all matches.Book all aircrafts, coaches, trains, hotels etc making sure the clubs needs are met with a professional approach, to find the most cost-effective way for the club and the budget which is held by the Travel Manager, without taking away the high service level the team expect.Writing travel information and itinerariesWorking with the clubs’ player liaison to assist with keeping personal information updated and securing visas for the team and backroom staffAssist Travel Manager with pre-visits to all destinations.Assist the First Team Operations manager on a match day with the needs of the teamKeep the travel budget that is given to them by the Travel Manager and keep full records of the spend. Giving the Travel Manager full breakdowns when requested. Work toward KPILiaise daily with the air charter company, coach and car companies regarding booking of their vehicles.Work as a team member, supporting members of the team with other travel and events in which the department runs where needed.


Specific Experience:


Must have proven, sound experience of working for a sports club/travel company within the travel sector, covering a range of similar responsibilities – making travel arrangements, personal liaison with senior members of staff throughout the club and getting involved with the clubs’ match day duties.Must have skills in quality management, attention to detail and effective planning, communication, operational and execution skillsExperience must have been gained as a group travel leader, pulling together at short notice travel plans and to assist with the running of travel both domestic and overseas.Experience should have been gained from within a fast moving, commercially focused and brand sensitive organisation.


Previous experience of working in a travel role for a Premier League Football team, travelling with the team home and awayQualification from the travel industry.Previous experience of working for/alongside a Premier League Football Club


Must have ability to manage multiple matches and deadlines, reacting to change, prioritising workloads and activities and ensuring that deliverables are completed and presented on time and to required qualityAbility to create effective and clear communications that will be understood by a range of stakeholders and readers, and communicate effectively and professionally over the phoneMust also be able to build rapport and relationships with internal and external stakeholders, whilst at the same time prioritising workloads.Must be able to work alone, under pressure and keep to deadlines, constantly prioritising and supporting the needs of the Team.Ability to manage in pressurised situations and apply initiative and ‘common sense’ on certain occasions – sometimes without recourse to supporting managersAdvanced professional level IT skills, especially M/S Office products, as well as related systems such as databases, project management software.

To apply please click here

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SGI Scores with Indian Super League

The Indian Super League, widely regarded as one of the fastest growing leagues in world football, boasts the fifth highest average attendance and now SGI have acquired the services of five top flight players, providing them with on and off field representation whilst aiding them in their all-round career development.

Indian under-23 internationals Jayesh Rane and Rahul Bheke, Ex- Afghanistan captain Zohib Islam Amiri, ‘India’s David Beckham’ Steven Dias, and Rohit Mirza join SGI’s stable with the group of players now awaiting news of their next destinations for the upcoming campaign.

Rane, 24, played a valuable part in Aizawl FC’s fairy-tale triumph of I-League.  Beginning his career at Mumbai FC before being promoted to the senior team and spent five years with the local club. The Mumbai boy also had a spell with Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), proving to be a key player in team’s title quest.

Meanwhile Bheke, 26, has plyed his trade for the past two seasons for Kerala Blasters and FC Pune City in India’s top league, making the most appearances of any Indian player in the league last season.

Amiri, 27, has played a for a host of Indian clubs and worn the FC Goa colours in the ISL’s inaugural season. With 42 national team caps to his name, he also led the national team to glory at the 2013 SAFF Championships.

Rane, who was delighted to be joining the SGI family, said, “I am extremely happy to sign with Sporting Group International. Adrian and Karan have a long-term plan for me, which I am confident of achieving with them. I look forward to working with SGI.”

Bheke echoed his fellow countrymen’s sentiments, commenting: “I’m very excited to begin this journey with SGI.  I completely trust my decision to join with them and cannot wait to join forces.  Together we will make it big.”

After signing with SGI, Amiri said: “Born and raised in Afghanistan, India feels like home now. I thank Adrian for the association with SGI and this huge international tie up.  I can’t wait to get started!”

SGI Chief Executive Adrian Wright was understandably excited about the new partnerships:

“India is a massive market that has huge potential, my love affair started in October 2014 through my previous role with West Bromwich Albion.  In less than three years we now own and operate a grassroots football business in New Delhi that is expanding rapidly under the pressure of demand coming from the youth of India wanting to play the great game.

“With the new addition of our talent management service, it was a natural fit, enabling us to provide professional players with support and guidance in the emerging professional football arena in India.

“Not only that, we now offer a 360-degree solution for managing and identifying talent for the future of Indian Football.

“SGI Board of Directors are very clear that financial rewards from our work in the player representation market will be re-invested into our grassroots development business, providing an eco-system to the game.

“We believe this is a first for India of which we are immensely proud of.

“I am now very much looking forward to building a long and fruitful relationship with our players. There is lots of work to be done as many of our players will be featuring in the ISL draft selection process, whilst others will be transferred through direct negotiation with the clubs.”

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Sporting Group International secure UK tour of Shanghai SIPG

Shanghai SIPG plays in the Chinese Super League and finished the season in third place and will now feature in the AFC Champions League. They have recently appointed former Chelsea Head Coach Andres Villa Boas are also rumoured to be signing Oscar for £60 million from Chelsea.

Adrian Wright, CEO of SGI commented, “ We are delighted to be managing this important inaugural and prestigious UK tour of the under 19 Shanghai SIPG team.

“We have successfully negotiated fixtures for the Shanghai SIPG with Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City and a select XI Birmingham County FA Team.

“In addition we have made all of the arrangements for the trip, including and selecting a number of local businesses to assist with the logistics of the tour.

“I am delighted to confirm that the accommodation is being provided by the Genting Hotel, Resorts World, with Birmingham County FA making available their training facilities and Chung Ying will be providing all of the catering.”

Sammy Yu, CEO of GGG China commented, “this something that I have always wanted to do for the football industry to benefit both the UK and China since leaving Birmingham City FC. This is a long term vision which will forge great relationships for both countries and not just in a football capacity.

Cheng Yao Dong, Head Coach of the Shanghai SIPG Academy. commented, “we are delighted to have such experience of having a pre-season tour in the UK and we very much look forward to the trip and playing the West Midlands Teams.

The tour takes place between the 20th December and 10th January 2017 and will enable the visiting Team the chance to play senior English Teams and view their facilities.

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Sporting Group International purchase YFI

The new ownership sees SGI acquiring a 100% share with the deal being completed with Adrian Wright, CEO of SGI making the 8,400 miles round trip to Delhi to meet with the team at their new Indian offices to sign the contract.

Paul Schuttenbelt Director of PSI (YFI) commented, “We selected SGI as our new owner based on the passion and belief of their CEO that Indian football will blossom and continue with its growth.

“SGI also have serious aspirations to assist India with the growth of football and impart valuable knowledge and expertise from the UK.”

The average age of the players at Youth Football International is 12 and there are over 80 teams in the League.

Youth Football International runs its academy like a typical European football club, focusing on the children and their development and offering a safe and fun environment for them to enjoy playing football.

Adrian Wright who is also President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce commented, “We understand that this type of acquisition is the first of its kind here in the UK and we are delighted to have the opportunity to both help develop the future skills of football in India, whilst expanding our respective business communities too.

“Within this development will be a review of the standard of coaching and the engagement level with the thousands of boys and girls that are participating week in week out.

“We firmly believe that ‘grassroot’ level is the way to develop future International players and we will be working closely with coaches to ensure that this development materialises.

“It is our aim to help develop skilful and confident footballers in a child orientated and safe environment.”

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U19 Chinese Super League Team to be put through their paces

An under nineteen Chinese Super League Team will be making the trip to the UK over the festive period this year to play a number of professional football club academy teams in Birmingham, The Black Country and London. The forty strong party will enjoy the opportunity to see how the UK clubs prepare players in their academies and will also provide the first notable link with China and the recently acquired West Midlands football clubs. Sporting Group International will be exclusively managing the visit and we will be working alongside a selected number of partners to ensure that their visit is memorable and it will receive extensive media coverage in both the UK & China.