Almost 40 years ago Arab investments in European football started, and some of them have achieved satisfactory results, like what is happening in Manchester City.
In 1983, Chelsea were preparing to begin their journey to the second tier of English football and when their blue jersey saw the placement of the first advertisement in its history for Gulf Air.
After 13 years, Mohamed Al-Fayed seized the opportunity to buy Fulham for £ 6.5million, three years before Emirates Airlines began its journey to become the world’s largest club sponsor.
Arab eyes widened in this market when Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed decided in 2008 to buy Manchester City and change the history of English football since that date …
And ownership of French club Paris Saint-Germain was transferred in 2011 to the Qatar Investments Company after it announced the purchase of 70% of the capital club’s shares two years before Prince Abdullah bin Musaed n ‘announces its investment in Sheffield United, the founder of United World, which now has 5 clubs, followed by the Egyptian Assem Allam who bought Hull City.
In 2018, Egyptian businessman Nassef Sawiris announced his buyback of 55% of Aston Villa shares, a new step for the time.