October 1, 2023

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Atlético-MG will not play in the blue if sold to City Group

Atlético-MG will not play in the blue if sold to City Group

In the goal of City Football Group, Atletico MG You don’t need to change your name or use blue (like your archenemy Cruzeiro) if you have a SAF (Sociedade Anônima de football) to the group that owns Manchester City.

a Rafael Reis’ Blog It found that in the event of a deal between the fund linked to the royal family in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and the current Brazilian champion, the company would respect 100% of the identity of the Minas Gerais club.

And that wouldn’t even be unheard of in the group’s history. Troyes, first class French, and Girona, contesting the Spanish premiership, are part of the “City family”, but they have not given up their traditional badges, costumes, and names.

Therefore, there is no possibility for Atlético to become ‘Belo Horizonte’, ‘Mineiro City’ or something like that, nor stop being a technical team to adopt the blue sky for those who will be its new owners.

According to journalist Rodrigo Matos, a columnist for UOL Esporte, Atletica’s board of directors met at the end of last year with City Group CEO Ferran Soriano, and discussed the possibility of SAF’s future sale of the club to the investor fund.

The conglomerate has raised the possibility of offering the equivalent of R$1 billion in exchange for 51% of the club’s shares, giving it the shareholder and management control of the football division. However, he did not make an official offer to become Gallo’s partner.

Three of the twelve traditionally called “big” teams in Brazilian football have already joined the club company model and sold their newly created SAFs to investors: Sea tripAnd the Vasco And the Botafogo.

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The City Football Group has been around since 2013, but its fetus was born in 2008, when Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, bought Manchester City FC. Since the acquisition, the English team, which was far from being one of the greatest powers in their country, has won five times Premier League I reached the final Champions League.

Counting all the company’s teams, there are actually 42 cups that have been bred in eight different countries. Only Lommel (Belgium) and Sichuan Junyu (China) have not been champions for anything since they joined the “family”.

The group currently includes ten clubs spread across four continents. Here in South America, their representative is the city of Montevideo, from Uruguay. The group also has a partnership, with Bolivar, but it does not own the Bolivian team.

Manchester City, the leader in the conglomerate, plays today (from 17:00 GMT) the second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League, against Sporting, in England.

As they have already won in Portugal 5-0, Pep Guardiola’s men are well on their way to the rankings and will only leave the spot in the event of a catastrophic defeat by at least six goals.

The Premier League champions are once again at the top of the most famous national championship on the planet. Citizens has 69 points, six points behind second-placed Liverpool, who has a game in hand.