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Manchester City captain earns MBA, claiming to be an “entrepreneur at the core”

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02 January 2018

Deputy editor

Leader of Manchester City Vincent Kompany has achieved a personal ambition by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, comparing management of personal finances to running a business.

The Manchester City captain earnt the MBA during a part-time study with Alliance Manchester Business School, which comprises business and management courses as well as practical projects.

“I’ve always felt education is very important and this was instilled into me by my late mother from an early age. It felt like a fitting tribute to my mother to pursue my academic career by studying an MBA. The programme at Alliance Manchester Business School was the ideal option for me,” said Kompany.

A self-described “entrepreneur at the core”, the Manchester City captain based his dissertation on how Premier League football clubs can benefit from home games and the improvements that can be undertaken.

He continued: “When you’re playing football at the top levels, even managing your personal finances starts to become like running a business. It was important to me that I understood what my accountant was talking about and that I could confidently assess a business plan to take ownership of this area of my life.  I’m an entrepreneur at the core so have a natural interest in business. The MBA was about backing this up with academic learning and research.

“The MBA itself was extremely rewarding and quickly demonstrated how our learning could be applied practically. It was a huge personal challenge initially and I really had to persevere but the academic staff and other students on my course provided vital support and positivity, which I continuously learned from.

“I was reassured by the fact other people on the course, who were clearly brilliant in their own professional fields, also faced real human challenges and limitations. Manchester has a brilliant ‘get up and get on’ attitude. The Global MBA provided me with the flexibility around my football career to be able to complete the course around the demands of the day job.”


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The benefits of the part-time MBA for the Manchester City captain were obvious in that he could flexibly study around his time away from the pitch. The programmes director said Kompany demonstrated “remarkable academic performance” and called the graduation an “impressive achievement”.

Kompany has since taken to his Instagram account to explain his milestone and offered words of encouragement to young players and recommended they don’t take everything for granted, insisting education will make them a more complete athlete.

So I got myself a masters.. It’s never been about the degree but I’m proud I took it to the finish line. That journey took me completely out of my comfort zone, uncharted territory. I really sucked at it initially but grit and graft got me through the early stages. Skill came later and style was for the very end. This achievement I want to dedicate to our late mother. I want to thank my wife and kids for being such a great source of positive energy and motivation. Thank you to my teammates and friends who participated and supported me along the way. I would also like to thank the people that run the MBA course at the Manchester Business School, thanks for inspiring and guiding us. To the young athlete, don’t bet everything on your health, take control of your life and keep educating yourself. Learn and believe that smartening up is also a way to become a better, more complete athlete.

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“Football is more than a sport. It impacts social issues and is big business. I was able to focus my research on the football industry and how clubs can benefit from home advantage. Part of this involved interviewing 25 footballers who have played at the top levels of international football,” continued the Manchester City captain.

“I feel I have crossed the finishing line of the course much better than when I started and although I want to continue playing football as long as possible, I may look to use this combination of academic learning and years of playing experience in the future.”