The main activity of the professional football player lies on the football field. He has to concentrate on his personal development as a sportsman. This should be his main concern. All other things should be managed by a reliable agent.
The young football player normally does not know enough about the complex world of football (soccer) with its many rules and laws (which may differ from country to country). He has to deal with mostly experienced club managers, for whom the club concerns are – naturally – most important. That is why it is absolutely necessary to seek guidance and assistance from reliable professionals like ISM.
I think managers often get involved in discussions with clubs and not always have the best intentions for their players. I've become much more cautious but I'm very satisfied with my current agents, Walter & Thomas.
ISM offers all its partners a national and international network in the world of professional football as well as a highly competent team of sport specialists, legal experts and tax specialists, on both a national and an international level. For us, the professional sportsman is much more than a product of transfer.
ISM has an excellent reputation based on professional knowledge, experience and reliability of its managing directors Walter Mortelmans, FIFA-agents and Masters in Sportsmanagement.
At the beginning of everything lies goal-oriented career planning. There are many examples of promising football players that – because they went for the big money too soon – missed out on a nice career. ISM cooperates with a number of independent professional advisors like e.g. Thomas Troch, Glenn Pfaff, Alan Parisi, Karel D’Haene, Brand Breyne and Kevin Truyts in order to optimize the provided guidance and to make sure that the player’s professional career can be developed in a step like fashion, in dialogue with the sportsman’s family. We take great interest in personal contact with the football player and his social environment.
Both young talents and more experienced players can rely on our permanent attention.
I am very pleased with Walter and Thomas, they are more than just managers to me! They helped me very hard in recent years, not only in the beautiful but also in the difficult moments (leaving Antwerp FC & knee injury). I can ask ISM everything. With Walter for the business & finance and Thomas for the sporting and the follow-up they have the perfect tandem in my eyes.
ISM disposes of all national and international licences. On top of that, ISM has developed a strong national and international network, which increases the football player’s chances of an optimal career development. Thorough knowledge of the financial situation of the football clubs is also absolutely necessary to make the correct choices.
A good contract is important! Still, we see in practice time and time again that when contracts are negotiated, important elements are overlooked, like an adequate pension plan, social duties, insurance, taxes, special stipulations etc. It is the football player who will be the victim of this later on. Therefore, it is necessary to take all possibilities into account on beforehand. It’s better to prevent than to cure! For all these aspects, ISM has a competent team at its disposal. If necessary, external experts will also be called in.
Because of the complexity of the various legislations, legal and tax advice is absolutely necessary. ISM will also appeal to renowned top experts, if necessary.
For a professional sportsman, an optimal health condition is simply vital. The same holds for a correct diagnosis and an adequate treatment, in case something goes wrong. A second medical advice might sometimes be desirable. ISM has direct connections to internationally renowned medical specialists.