Silva International Investments has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Globe Soccer, the company which organizes and owns the rights of the annual Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai. Since the establishment of the Awards in 2010, the event has become one of the most eagerly anticipated and coveted football awards ceremony.
Silva International has announced the partnership in a media release. “Silva International is delighted to invest in Globe Soccer. The Globe Soccer Awards are renowned in soccer and sports circles as one of the most high-profile awards ceremonies in the sporting calendar. The Dubai Sports Council and Tommaso Bendoni deserve great credit for putting this fabulous event together and we look forward to working with them. We are confident that our investment as well as our expertise across the worlds of sport, media, and entertainment, can make the Globe Soccer Awards an even better event in the years ahead,” the investment company CEO Marco Auletta stated in the release.
Working in close collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council, Tommaso Bendoni of Bendoni Consulting will continue to lead the organization of the awards and remain a minority shareholder. Awards candidates will continue to be chosen by the Globe Soccer jury, which includes international footballing coaches, directors and senior officials from the game.
Responding to the announcement, Tommaso Bendoni said that “this partnership with Silva International Investments is the best possible fit for Globe Soccer as it looks to the future. With the Dubai Sports Council’s ever-enthusiastic support over the last nine years, Globe Soccer has become a fixture in the football calendar, celebrating the most prestigious talent in the game.
“On the eve of the 2018 World Cup, Dubai has opened its doors to football to build bridges with every country through this magnificent sport. With great events coming up like the Expo and our own star-studded awards gala in December, Globe Soccer and the Emirates are ready to take our place in the new football world. Our partnership with Silva International means we can take Globe Soccer beyond the Gulf to other emerging football nations and we plan to celebrate our 10th anniversary next year with special events in China and the USA. Riccardo Silva and his team have the drive, the talent and the international experience to get us to the next level and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on board.”
The London-headquartered Silva International Investments is a global investment company based in London. It has investments in a range of companies across media, sport, fashion, technology and real estate.