Thomas Rabe appointed as new chairman of the board of Sportfive Group

Luxembourg, 16 July 2004 - Following the acquisition of Sportfive S.A. by RTL Group and the funds managed by Advent International Corp. and Goldman Sachs, Jean-Claude Darmon has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Board and as Board member of Sportfive SA.

Alain Krzentowski replaces him as Board member and as Managing Director of Sportfive S.A. and will have full operational powers over the company.

Thomas Rabe, who is Chairman of the company Sportfive Luxembourg SCA, the top management company of the entire Sportfive Group, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Sportfive S.A., replacing Jean-Claude Darmon, until the de-listing of Sportfive S.A. from the Paris Stock Exchange has been finalised. Once this process has been completed, Alain Krzentowski will replace him as Chairman of Sportfive S.A.

In addition, the Board of Directors of Sportfive S.A. approved the simplified draft of a takeover bid for the shares of the company Sportfive S.A. filed with the financial markets regulator by Sportfive Group on July 9th, 2004.

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About Sportfive

SPORTFIVE, Europe’s leading sports marketing group, was founded in 2001 and is listed on the Paris stock exchange. It covers the whole range of sports rights marketing, from stadium advertising and hospitality programmes to shirt sponsorships, stadium consulting and the sale of international TV rights. On the whole, the group markets the rights of more than 250 individual clubs, 11 leagues and 40 national football associations worldwide. In Germany, SPORTFIVE is responsible for the marketing of professional football clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Hertha BSC Berlin and Hamburger SV, in France for Paris St. Germain. In addition to the core business football, SPORTFIVE markets the image rights of the two heavyweight boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and manages the worldwide TV- and marketing rights of the International Handball Federation and the worldwide TV rights of the Rugby Six Nations Tournament.

About RTL Group

RTL Group is Europe's leading commercial broadcaster, with interests in 26 television channels and 24 radio stations in nine countries and content production throughout the world.  Its television portfolio includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, five in the UK and the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Hungary, as well as Antena 3 in Spain. RTL Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France. RTL Group has also interests in other radio stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. RTL Group's content production arm, FremantleMedia is one of the largest international producers outside the US. It is currently producing more than 260 programmes in over 39 countries including the USA, providing a wide range of drama, entertainment and factual programming for viewers around the world.

About Thomas Rabe

Thomas Rabe has been a Board member of Sportfive S.A. since 2001.  He is Chief Financial Officer of RTL Group and also Head of the Corporate Centre.


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