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  1. Introduction
  2. PESTL analysis driversis - Economic, Technological and Legal factors are key
  3. Five forces analysis
  4. Critical success factors
  5. Opportunities and threats
  6. Value chain
  7. Value network
  8. Competitive advantage - Threshold vs. Unique resources
  9. Evaluation of sustainable competitive advantage
  10. Strategic Fit
  11. Conclusion

This assignment is to provide a strategic analysis of the football club Liverpool FC within the business environment of the English Premier League. Liverpool FC is historically seen as the most successful football club within the Premier League, having won 18 League titles, seven FA Cups and the European Cup five times (now: Champions League) (Liverpool FC, 2009). However, they have failed to win the League title since the season of 1989/90. In terms of revenue it is the fourth largest club of the Premier League (Deloitte, 2009). The English Premier League is the highest league of the English football league system. It consists of 20 members and is connected to the next lower league through a system of promotions and relegations. Although all 20 members theoretically form part of the same league, there is a significant gap in terms of revenue as well as sportive success between the four most successful clubs and the remaining 16 (further description given in Task A ? Five Forces ? Competitive Rivalry) Thus, they have to be regarded as two different industries,with the clubs Manchester United, Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC forming an oligopolistic industry at the top and the remaining 16 clubs gathering in a balanced, competitive environment below. Due to this division, all industry related analyses in this assignment are focused on the ?Top Four Oligopoly?. These analyses, namely PESTEL, Porter's Five Forces Analysis, form the first part of this assignment together with an examination of the "Critical Success Factors". Part B focuses on the company Liverpool FC itself, analyzing its resource capabilities as well as its sustainable competitive advantage. The report ends with a critical breakdown of the strategic direction of Liverpool FC in its industry.

[...] Daily Post Hicks and Gillett refinance Liverpool FC bank loan. [Online] (Updated 27 July 2009) Available at: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport-news/liverpool-fc/2009/07/27/hicks-andgillett-refinance-liverpool-fc-bank-loan-55578-24251001/ [Accessed 2 November 2009]. Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance 2009, Manchester: Deloitte. ESPN FIFA thumbs-up for 'six-plus-five' player rule. [Online] (Updated 30 May 2008) Available at: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/team/squad?id=364&cc=5739 [Accessed 13 December 2009]. ESPN 2009/2010 English Premier League: Squad Statistics. [Online] (Updated 13 December 2009) Available at: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/team/squad?id=364&cc=5739 [Accessed 13 December 2009]. Footballfancast Top Ten Most Expensive Premiership Transfers. [Online] (Updated November 2009) 25 Available at: http://www.footballfancast.com/football-blogs/top-ten-expensivepremiership-transfers [Accessed 13 December 2009]. [...]


[...] Introduction This assignment is to provide a strategic analysis of the football club Liverpool FC within the business environment of the English Premier League. Liverpool FC is historically seen the most successful football club within the Premier League, having won 18 League titles, seven FA Cups and five times the European Cup (now: Champions League) (Liverpool FC, 2009). However, they have failed to win the League title since the season of 1989/90. In terms of revenue it is the fourth largest club of the Premier League (Deloitte, 2009). [...]


[...] In August 2009, for instance, Liverpool had to pay to AS Roma for the transfer of Alberto Aquilani (Transfermarkt, 2009). While this amount was equal to 19.76 m by that date, it would have been 17.99 m one year earlier and even 15.55 m in August 2007. Socio-cultural aspects impact 1 of 5 Aspect - Demography Impact 1 of 5 Comment Football is a sport which appeals to all generations; thus, demography is not a major matter of Liverpool has been planning to build a new stadium since 2003. [...]

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