• This is how Sporting de Gijón passed into the hands of a Mexican group: 42 million, a journalist and many unknowns

Eight out of twenty

in the

First Division

and

fourteen out of forty-two,

also counting the

Smartbank League

.

33%

of Spanish

football clubs belong, for the most part, to

foreign entrepreneurs, companies or investment funds

.

A figure that has not stopped growing in recent years and now marks a new record with the landing of US

and

Mexican

money

at the offices of

Zaragoza

,

Leganés

and

Sporting de Gijón

.

The Asturian team, which is now owned by the

Orlegi Sports

group in exchange for

42 million

euros, is the latest protagonist of a constant that has not stopped since millionaires like

Piterman

or

Al Thani

arrived at

Racing Santander

and

Malaga

more than one of each.

Almost histrionic characters that ten years later will end up sitting in court denounced by the organizations that one day dreamed of becoming

Champions League

teams .

The two of them were the beginning of a movement that was

impulsive

at first , with

large debts

and

media movements.

, but now, with his exceptions, he is more logical and calm, more professional.

There are

fewer promises

, fewer star signings and more long - term work looking to lay foundations and

recoup the investment

.

According to a study by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, foreign investment in Spanish sport broke its record figure in 2021, reaching

278 million euros

, nine times more than in 2020. An amount of which football is the main recipient.

The American group

Ares Management

put 120 million to enter, although not with a majority, in the shareholding of

Atlético de Madrid

;

Rastar Group

, the company of Chinese billionaire

Chen Yansheng

, injected 50 million into

Espanyol

, a club he has owned since 2016;

while a few months ago the American investment fund

Amber Capital

took over 51% of

Zaragoza

, a club now chaired by

Florida businessman Jorge Mas

, who also has part of

Inter Miami

along with

David Beckham

.

Foreign owners soccer

Three promotions with foreign capital

During the 21-22 academic year,

Valencia, Granada, Espanyol, Mallorca and Elche

were the five clubs with foreign ownership.

Those from Mestalla are the most mediatic, the result of the constant controversy surrounding the figure of

Peter Lim,

a businessman from Singapore and owner of the club since 2014. He has won a Copa del Rey, but the eternal construction of the New Mestalla, the bad relationship with the fans and the string of coaches that have been burning on the bench leave a black decade for the chés.

Granada, Espanyol, Mallorca and Elche

represent this more balanced side of foreign capital.

The first two, with the Chinese

DDMC

and Yansheng, have reached the Europa League, while the last two, owned by the American

Robert Sarver

and the Argentine

Christian Bragarnik

, have stabilized in the First Division.

Coincidence or not, next season three clubs whose ownership is based beyond our borders will join the League.

They have promoted the

Almería

of

Turki Al-Sheikh

, advisor to the court of

Saudi Arabia

;

Ronaldo

Nazario

's

Valladolid

and

Girona

, one of the clubs that are part of the

City Football Group

, the

United Arab Emirates

society .

Zaragoza

,

Sporting

,

Leganés

, recently bought by the Mexican

Jeff Luhnow

and his company

Blue Crow Sports

, will remain in Second

;

Malaga

, still in the

hands of Al Thani awaiting sale and

Oviedo

owned by Mexican

Carlos Slim

.

In addition, since the First RFEF

Albacete

has risen , whose largest shareholder is the Qatari group

Skyline International

.

But foreign money is not only used to take over the properties of the clubs, but also feeds the budgets of the teams, being an important part of the shareholding, as is the case of the Americans Ares Management and

Quantum Pacific Group

, of the Israeli

Idan Ofer

, in the

Atletico Madrid

.

Something similar is also happening in

Sevilla

, where

777 Partners

, an investment group from the

United States

, is waiting for the opportunity to gain space from

Del Nido

and

José Castro

, the other two parts of the Nervión property.

Madrileños and Sevilla players were third and fourth in the last league, just behind

Real Madrid and Barcelona

, the only clubs in the League, along with

Athletic Club and Osasuna

, which are not public limited sports companies and

depend solely on their members

.

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