Football is a sport that has gained a massive following over the years, with fans across the globe tuning in to watch their favorite teams play. Recently, a new trend has emerged in the industry, which has caught the attention of investors worldwide: Multi-club ownership.
Multi-club ownership is a practice where one investor owns multiple football clubs across different countries and leagues. It allows investors to spread their risk and leverage resources and knowledge between clubs. Red Bull GmbH and City Football Group are among the most well-known investors practicing multi-club ownership, owning several football clubs worldwide.
While multi-club ownership has faced criticism in Europe due to potential conflicts of interest and competition between clubs, investors see it as a new way to approach competition and resource-sharing among football clubs. UEFA has introduced restrictions on multi-club ownership, but rules set out in the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play system ensure that multi-club ownership groups do not unduly favor their clubs.
Football expert and journalist Sid Lowe explains, “Multi-club ownership is a new investment trend in football that allows investors to spread their risk and leverage resources and knowledge between clubs. Investors should take into account potential conflicts of interest when considering this investment strategy.”
As the football industry continues to evolve, multi-club ownership is likely to gain even more traction among investors worldwide.