Man City add Chinese club to growing stable


Feb 21, 2019-

City Football Group (CFG) added a seventh football club to its growing stable on Wednesday with the announcement that it, along with UBTECH and China Sports Capital, has jointly purchased China League Two side Sichuan Jiuniu FC.

In addition to English champions Manchester City, CFG owns MLS side New York City, Australia’s Melbourne City, Uruguay’s Club Atletico Torque, a joint majority stake in Spanish club Girona and a minority stake in Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos.

“Today marks an exciting new chapter in the growth of City Football Group. China is an extremely important football market, which we have been focused on for some time,” Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive Officer of CFG, said in a statement.

“We believe strongly in the future of football in China. We are making a long-term, sustainable commitment to grow and develop Sichuan Jiuniu FC and to nurture Chinese footballing talent.”

Third-tier Sichuan Jiuniu FC, who are based in Chengdu and play their home games at the 27,000 capacity Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium, begin the new season next month.

CFG is a holding company in which Abu Dhabi United Group owns an 87 percent stake with the remaining 13 percent held by the China Media Capital consortium (CMC).

China Sports Capital was established by CMC and venture capital giant Sequoia China in 2017 while humanoid robotics manufacturer UBTECH has been a commercial partner of Premier League champions City since 2016. China has invested heavily in the sport in recent years, boosting its domestic league by signing a number of high-profile, international players and coaches.

Published: 21-02-2019 10:39

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