Dr. Erkut Sögüt LL.M.
Dr. Sögüt runs the football agency responsible for clients such as Mesut Özil and Kieran Gibbs, and has been in the business for over fifteen years. Stemming from his work with Mesut Özil, Dr. Sögüt is well-known for having negotiated the biggest Premier League contract in history in January 2018 for his client. Three years later, in January 2021, he negotiated the biggest contract in Turkish football history (both on and off-the-pitch) with Mesut Özil's move to Fenerbahce.
Dr. Sögüt’s role is not confined to on-pitch matters. Mesut Özil currently has the 7th largest social media following amongst all active footballers, as well as top-tier global commercial partners. This is in addition to off-pitch business ventures, investments and charity work with Mesut Özil that includes: M10 eSports, M10 Streetwear, M10 Synergy, Unity Performance Lab, The Lewin Clinic, 39 Steps Coffee and BigShoe.
Dr. Sögüt is the Director of the Football Agent Institute, which he started to professionalise the industry and teach others. He co-authored the sold out book, ‘How to Become a Football Agent: The Guide’, and the second edition was released in 2019. Furthermore, Dr. Sögüt has led seminars globally and hosted the inaugural Football Agent & Business Summit in November 2019. From the start of his career, he has been guest-lecturing at universities around the world including Harvard Business and Law School.
Recently he became Vice-President of PROFAA, the first global association of football agents. PROFAA safeguards and promote the interests of football agents from all around the world, and is dedicated to help support football agents to ensure the industry operates professionally at all times.