#7 Ahmet Schaefer, Founder & CEO of Core Sports Capital: on Owning & Managing Three Clubs, Operating as an Airline Alliance, Cultural Understanding When Buying Clubs, and Working for Sepp Blatter
Ahmet Schaefer is the Founder & CEO of Core Sports Capital (CSC) - a Switzerland based company that owns and manages theres clubs including: Clermont Foot 63 (League 2, France), Vendsyssel FF (Division 1, Denmark), and Lisa Lustenav (1 Liga, Austria).
Ahmet, of Swiss and Turkish descent, is a young, yet seasoned veteran of the football industry with a career journey has has taken him from selling hospitality packages for the 2006 World Cup to FIFA, to working as Sepp Blatter’s assistant, to MP & Silva, where acted as the VP of Acquisitions & Strategic Partnerships, managing their global TV rights portfolio, to Founding Member-Managing Partner of the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation.
We talk about CSC and its club alliance, how the company serves its clubs in a similar way in which airline alliances serve their members, with synergies across business units.
We touch on how he uses his industry experience in the day-today management of three clubs at the same time, the importance of cultural understanding when buying a club, how the company acts as a consultant and finance broker to other clubs in similar situations, and how they created an IT platform that provides data analytics for scouting, training, coaching, and medical purposes.
We also talk about his role as Sepp Blatter’s assistant, the day-to-day work, the main learnings and insights from working with him, his whereabouts and thoughts on when Swiss authorities and the FBI came cracking down at FIFA headquarters, and more.