In the presence of Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA President, Jerome Valcke, FIFA General Secretary, Bertrand Reeb, CIES President, Denis Oswald, CIES Director, Vincent Schatzmann, CIES General Secretary, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) have signed a new agreement in order to extend their successful collaboration until 2018.

According to Vincent Schatzmann, CIES General Secretary: "The confidence shown by FIFA through this collaboration agreement will allow CIES to continue and develop its different activities, especially the FIFA Master programme in sports management, the International University Network and its 14 universities worldwide, the Sports Observatory, as well as the legal, management and humanities of sport research."

FIFA President Blatter said of the agreement: “We are very pleased as well to continue the successful cooperation with CIES. Cooperation means that both parties win, and our relationship is a win-win relationship for both sides since the beginning.”

Reeb, meanwhile, expressed his delight by saying: “I am really touched to confirm our very loyal and friendly collaboration that we have had for many years now.”

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It was created in 1995 as a joint venture between the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchatel. Using a multi-disciplinary approach CIES provides research, top-level education and consulting services to the sports world with the aim of overcoming the complexities of sport in today's society and improving how it is governed and managed.

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