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Manchester to host football exhibition

Manchester will host the Soccerex Global Convention for four years from November 2014, which could boost the local economy by up to £23 million.

The UK joins the likes of Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa in hosting the prestigious five-day event.

Plans are also being devised to stage a football festival in Manchester to coincide with the convention. A similar event was held in Rio de Janeiro, where the convention was held last year.

Soccerex already stages its two-day European Forum in Manchester, which concludes on Friday at Manchester Central Convention Complex. High-profile footballers such as Rio Ferdinand, Shay Given, Gary Neville, Michael Owen and Patrick Vieira are scheduled to attend the event.

Soccerex Founder Duncan Revie, son of former England and Leeds United Manager Don Revie, said:

"When considering the future for our main event, the Global Convention, there are several factors we evaluate – business potential, transport links, quality of service and perhaps most importantly the relevance of the city to football globally – Manchester ticked all those boxes and in addition has the added attraction of being, in most people's eyes, the capital of club football.

"There was interest from many other cities but the potential here in Manchester was too big to ignore."

Marketing Manchester Chief Executive Andrew Stokes said:

"The Soccerex Global Convention is the largest business-to-business football event in the world. The new four-year relationship is a major coup for the city and will generate £23m for the local economy during the life of the contract."

© Press Association 2012

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