Thursday, April 10, 2008

More Rumors: More Americans Buying Euro Clubs

Four English Premiership clubs (soon to be 3 with relegated Derby County) are currently owned by Americans with a fifth, Arsenal, having an American minority stakeholder. The American ownership is a new trend but so far has been mostly confined to England.

Now, it looks like another American is making a play for a big European club, but not in England. Financier George Soros is said to be interested in purchasing AS Roma.

Roma, facing ManU in the second leg of a quarterfinal Champions League tie today, and its parent company are rumored to have a large amount of debt and are looking for a bailout. Roma fans are opposed to foreign ownership but Soros thinks they are dumb and gullible.

From the article:

If the talks go well, Soros is then expected to launch an immediate takeover bid. In order to soften up Roma fans, who are against foreign ownership, the 78-year-old has spoken in glowing terms of Francesco Totti.

“Totti is simply a phenomenon. I like him very much,” he said.

If Soros does end up purchasing the club, I can't wait to see how the leftist activist interacts with noted conservative politician and AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi.

[Photo Credit: Novinite]


Goat said...

I can't wait to see how Bill O'Reilly turns this into some sort of Soros-funded plot to Frenchify America by making us watch gay-ass soccer.

The NY Kid said...

Random fact: Soros contributes signficantly to measures aimed at legalizing marijuana.

Nathaniel said...

is that the best picture they could get of this guy?

sweet mary mother of jesus.

Ian said...

Random, very boring, fact 2: You can thank George Soros for the financial dominance of the EPL over the continental leagues.

The Fan's Attic said...

@ian: i wasn't looking for a good photo of Mr. Soros, but I must add...I really didn't find any where he didn't look bad to some degree.