A sports-education company seeking to help the next generation of football agents.
The turn of the century has represented an unprecedented rise in the number of football agents. Since FIFA passed the responsibility to regulate intermediaries in 2001 to individual countries, there has been a 1000% increase in those taking up the profession.
With football becoming increasingly popular, and the coverage of the sport growing with new technological platforms, the game relies on the players to excite fans and generate revenue for all the parties involved. Consequently, footballers are directly profiting from this. With the total European wage bill for professional footballers now in excess of £9.5 billion per year, the standard 10% that an agent receives from their client’s wage has already started to entice people.
As a company, our goal is to ensure that this developing cohort of football agents has every chance of success in this tough, yet greatly rewarding industry, but also achieve their aims in a moral and professional manner.
Using the experience gained whilst working with players such as Mesut Özil, llkay Gündoğan and Shkodran Mustafi, we hope to impart our knowledge onto you, as the next set of professional football agents.
Dr. Erkut Sögüt LL.M.
With a background in education (Master of Laws (LL.M.), Doctor of Law (PhD)), Dr. Sögüt has much experience in both the legal and practical aspects of the sporting industry, holding an intermediary license in football, basketball and hockey.
With the ability to speak German, Turkish, English and Spanish, he has a vast network of contacts throughout the world. This has been pivotal in making sure the company can provide upcoming agents with the most accurate and relevant information.
Whilst acting as the agent of Mesut Özil, he has dealt with all matters between the player and his club. This includes contract negotiations, commercial deals with Adidas, Mercedes-Benz and Beats and the founding of the Özil Charitable Foundation. Being the sole lawyer for Özil Marketing GmbH, Dr. Sögüt has assisted in legal issues for his client when necessary.
Combined, his legal and agency work led to the formation of Family and Football. This agency currently represents players such as Mesut Özil, llkay Gündoğan and Shkodran Mustafi as well as coaches including Joachim Löw and Robert Pirès.
Dr. Sögüt has always been a keen promoter of educational values and the spreading of ideas and knowledge, and is an experienced lecturer at both the UCFB and FBA programmes.
In Summer 2015 Jack was accepted onto an internship programme at a top sports agency, which proved pivotal in determining his pathway to football. The tasks completed throughout this time opened his eyes to a career in sports-business, and has flourished since then.
After the completion of the internship, Jack and Dr. Sögüt formed a working relationship that would ultimately lead to the fortunate position they find themselves in today. Moreover, he has heavily expanded his network, especially within the worlds of sport and entertainment, and acquired numerous skills and extensive knowledge of contractual matters. Thus, his work has both a commercial and a football-related dimension, whilst also specializing in contractual and legal matters given his training as a lawyer too.
Since he began working in this business, other football players have joined the agency, and new bonds have been formed with commercial partners. This has opened up various avenues for the company, primarily in expanding the ever-growing network, and enabling us to all learn and experience even more.
For a few years now, Charlie has been independently consulting and working alongside a digital agency responsible for the press work and outreach for players such as Mesut Özil.
Not only has this enabled him to gain interesting insights into the media aspect of the agency profession, but also crucially understanding how players want to be represented and received within society.
Much of this work has been useful for ‘Football Agent Education’, as Charlie’s experience in writing and outreach has been pivotal for the publishing of the first book. Combined with Dr. Sögüt and Jack’s vast networks, the team has worked closely together in order to ensure the best possible end results.
Consequently, ‘How to Become a Football Agent: The Guide’ acts as a direct reflection of the combined skills and practical knowledge obtained over the past years.
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