Football seduces investors. A total of 36 of the 80 clubs in the major European leagues, excluding the Bundesliga due to its particular ownership regulations, have the support of capital from beyond their national borders, according to data from Cines Sports Intelligence.
In addition, the entry of foreign investors is on the rise.
In 2020, twenty First or Second clubs from England, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark, the Netherlands or Switzerland changed owners, the report details, with eleven of the operations carried out by investors from the United States.
The Premier League is the national competition among the major leagues with the greatest presence of foreign investors, to the point that 80% of the English First Division teams have attracted the interest of foreign partners.
The American capital is the great protagonist in the English league,
with a presence in the capital of up to ten clubs: Liverpool FC (Fenway 스포츠중계 Group), Manchester United (Glazer), Aston Villa (Wes Eden’s and Massif Saw iris), Crystal Palace (Josh Harris, Steve Parish and David Blitzer), Fulda (Shari Khan), Arsenal (Koneke), West Ham (David Sullivan, David Gold, Albert Smith), Leeds United (Andrea Radrizzani and San Francisco 49ers), Manchester City (Silver Lake, Abu Dhabi United Group, China Media Capital and CITIC Capital) and Burley (ALK Capital).
Both Aston Villa and Leeds and Manchester City have partners from other countries, Egyptians in the case of the villains, Italy from Leeds and the United Arab Emirates and China in the case of the citizens. For its part, Manchester United is listed on the US stock market.
In addition to American investors, British football has attracted
money from many other countries: this is the case of Sheffield United from Saudi Arabia (Abdullah bin Mossier), Leicester from Thailand (Vita Srivaddhanaprabha), Chelsea from Russia (Roman Baranovichi), West Bromwich Albion (Goochland Lai) and Wolverhampton (Fusan) from China or Everton, owned by Iranian businessman Far had Mohair. In the case of LaLiga, five First Division clubs have foreign funds from different sources in their capital. A quarter of the teams in the highest category of Spanish football are those that have large percentages of their share capital in the hands of foreign investors. This is the case of Valencia with Peter Lim (Singapore), Elche CF with Christian Bragarnik (Argentina), Granada CF with Dom (China), Athletics de Madrid with Ivan Oder (Israel) and Real Valladolid with Ronal do Mazarin (Brazil).