Football is played and followed passionately all over the world. In some way, men and women of any race and faith become part of the global passion for football, largely thanks to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
The need for a single organization managing global football emerged in the early 20th century when international football competitions became very popular. FIFA was founded by representatives of France, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association was born in Paris on May 21, 1904. This is why the commonly accepted name and acronym are in French.
Football is also a powerful industry
Shares of 23 clubs from 11 countries are listed on European stock exchanges. There is a special index – STOXX Europe Football Index – that covers all those clubs.
Judging by the chart, you should be careful when investing in football clubs.
Shares of the biggest clubs listed on stock exchanges – Juventus, Lazio, Borussia and Roma – are constantly getting cheaper.
Even sporting achievements of a club do not guarantee higher prices for its shares. Let’s consider Juventus, one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Italy and the only club in the world to have won all international tournaments. The highest price for its shares was registered in the first months following the IPO – December 2001 and January 2002. After that, the value of the shares has been constantly falling.
On the other hand, football is also broadcasts, match tickets, club merchandise and souvenir shops, and sale of football kits and equipment. Online sales of such goods are soaring now. The VEPAY payment system helps to ensure fast online payments at online stores and ticket offices to erase any obstacles preventing fans from buying their favourite boots.