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Eric M. Gottschalk - President & CEO, United City FC, Philippines

Eric M. Gottschalk

Eric M. Gottschalk, President and CEO of United City Football Club, the 4x defending national champion in the Philippines Football League (PFL) which is the top-tier local professional league. Established in 2012, the Club was previously known as Ceres Negros FC (founded as Ceres–La Salle; renamed Ceres–Negros in 2017) before Gottschalk’s Group of investors took over in August 2020 and renamed it to “United City Football Club”, before it undergoes its final name change in December 2021 when the word “City” is replaced with “Clark”, the name of the new home ground of the organization.

In July 2021, UCFC became the first Filipino Club to enter the group stages of the AFC Champions League in 2021 and scored upset results in a draw and a win against Chinese Super League powerhouse Beijing FC. Gottschalk is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Club including the investor strategy technology developments and fan engagement projects. Following the set-up of its own fully operational esports division, the Clubs next big milestones, aside from defending its title in the PFL, are the opening of its own youth academy center in early 2022 and the ground breaking of its planned football stadium in Clark City by early 2023, a first for a Philippines football club.

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