Olympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Auras (AFP / JEFF PACHOUD) at a press conference at the club’s stadium in Decine-Charpeux on October 14, 2020.
In search of a new partner, Olympique Lyonnais began exclusive negotiations with American businessman John Textor, who already owns several football teams, on Monday for a club historically led by Jean-Michel Auras. Announced to be a new majority shareholder.
Thirty-five years after President Aurus, OL is a major shareholder in Botafogo (Brazil), Mohrenbeek (Belgium D2), and is new as it may enter the textile capital of Crystal Palace (England). It seems to shift to the times. ).
If these negotiations are successful, Textor will purchase shares in the Pathé Group and the Chinese investment fund IDG. Together, they make up nearly 40% of the Group’s stock.
This businessman specializes in images of celebrities, especially in online sports broadcasts, special effects, and virtual reality, and dominates the club with the goal of bringing the club back to the top after a disappointing season.
“From the perspective of the United States, OL is the ideal platform for making football a success story,” responded in a statement released Monday night. Textor says the club “finds the highest levels in France and Europe, the value of OL’s DNA.”
Jean-Michel Auras (73) is the club’s boss who has led seven consecutive L1 titles (2002-2008) and two Champions League semifinals (2010, 2020) since 1987, which he completed 10 days ago. The file by Thursday, June 23, which indicated that it was intended to be.
“With this project, Olympique Lyonnais is opening a new chapter in its formidable history,” he rejoiced in turn. According to the OL press release, Aulas and club management need to stay in place after the deal.
On Monday afternoon, before a board of directors dedicated to negotiations, OL Groupe, the holding company that oversees the Lyon club, demanded a suspension of listing on the Paris Stock Exchange. Since then, one share has been worth € 3.07 and has increased by more than 50% since January 1st, boosted by the sales process.
Photo taken by John Textle on May 18, 2014 during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Frazer Harrison)
The choice of Textor (56) is a small surprise, but his compatriot Foster Gillett, a former Liverpool manager when his father George dominated the club, has long been a favorite, according to some media. was.
However, according to RMC Sport, Textor seemed to offer more financial guarantees.
Americans co-founded FuboTv, a streaming service focused on broadcasting live sports. In 2013, he also launched Pulse Evolution, a company that develops holograms used to hold concerts of deceased singers.
Since then he has made remarkable progress in the football world in recent months.
Texter acquired an 18% stake in Crystal Palace, a club in the southern suburbs of London playing in the Premier League last August … and is in the capital alongside another American, David Blitzer. Acquisition of OL’s historic rival Saint-Etienne. According to a press release from the Lyon Club, he currently owns 40% of the London Club’s capital.
Then, in January, Textor acquired more than 90% of the capital of Botafogo, one of Brazil’s largest clubs, and 80% of the stake in RWD Molenbeek aimed at returning to the Belgian football elite. did.
American businessmen should set the conditions for Auras (73) to hand over and leave the iconic president to the person responsible for the transition period.
And “JMA” also raised the precondition of injecting fresh money to strengthen the first team that came out of the unfortunate season (8th in League 1).
“The main information is that we have the means for ambition, and that I will attend as future CEO,” Aulas assured on June 9.
Textor’s interest in office ladies confirms the appeal of French football anyway. Several French football clubs have recently been acquired by foreign investors.
Lyonnais (AFP / Jeff Pashoe) lost in the Europa League quarter-finals against West Ham on April 14, 2022 at Desine Charme Pew.
The announcement of the upcoming shareholder change will be made when the office lady is experiencing a bad sports patch, taking the European Cup next season in the worst ranking since 1997.
Jean-Michel Auras has been responsible for office ladies since the club, founded in June 1987 in 1950, was suffering from the second part.
Under his president, the team returned to D1 in 1989 and regained the Europa Cup in 1991. Then came the most illustrious times of the 2000s and 2010s.
Organized around Olympique Lyonnais, OL Groupe is a leading player in the entertainment and media sector in France. The holding company manages a team of OL women and men, Groupama Stadium (approximately 60,000 seats), the American women’s soccer franchise OL Reign, and nearly one-third of the capital of the Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne basketball club ( elite).