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Manchester Business School Hosts First International MBA Football Tournament

The Manchester Business School International Football Challenge brought together 60 MBAs including students from Oxford Said, London Business School and Lancaster University School of Management

By  Ifeatu Nnaobi

Mon Mar 12 2012

Where better to host the first international MBA football tournament than Manchester - home to two of the world’s most successful teams, both vying for the top place in the Barclays Premier League? The Manchester Business School International Football Challenge brought together 60 MBAs from London Business School, Oxford Said and Lancaster to battle it out on the pitch.

Held over three days at the end of February, the tournament was closely contested with the four schools jostling for the winner’s trophy. The final saw Oxford Said go head-to-head with Lancaster, with Oxford securing an emphatic 5-0 victory.

Shaurya Aggarwal, Manchester Business School MBA and event organiser said: “We are thrilled that the tournament was such a great success – both on and off the pitch. It was an excellent way to network and build links between our schools. We will be back again next year and it’s our aim to make it bigger and better - watch this space!”

After the first day of matches, Manchester Business School treated everyone to an exclusive tour of Old Trafford - the Theatre of Dreams. MBS’ Edith Mitschnigg explains: “Visiting the hallowed pitch at Old Trafford was a fantastic experience. The Oxford Said Team definitely got some goal scoring inspiration by visiting the home of legendary players such as Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs!”

Alejandro Gomez Abente, Said Business School’s captain said: “Manchester Business School did an amazing job, organising this tournament for the first time. I hope this opportunity can be leveraged to create a new network of top UK business schools.”


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A glittering award ceremony closed the tournament, with the champion’s trophy presented to Oxford by Manchester Business School’sMBA Director Professor Elaine Ferneley.

Gonzalo Alvarez Calderon, London Business School’s captain said: “Thank you Manchester Business School for organising this wonderful tournament; I hope all of you will have an equally amazing time at London Business School’s tournament taking place later this year.”


More stories about students, alumni and programmes at Manchester Business School here