New club alliance building consultancy based on its experience of owning three European clubs

30 October 2020

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Photo: Handout "It's more credible if we speak to an owner from a second league club who are facing the same challenges as we are," says founder and chief executive of Core Sports Capital, Ahmet Schaefer.

Core Sports Capital (CSC), led by former Sepp Blatter assistant Ahmet Schaefer, has acquired three European clubs, forming an unconventional alliance built on more than just sporting goals.

Aiming to use its real-world experience managing clubs, the firm acts as a consultant and finance broker primarily to those outside the blue-chip market.

"It's more credible if we speak to an owner from a second league club who are facing the same challenges as we are," Schaefer tells offthepitch.com.

The company has also built an overarching IT platform that combines scouting, medical, match, training and coaching data to simplify analytics.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

A new phenomenon has recently gained traction in the world of football. Likely inspired by the success of global football conglomerate City Football Group, the Abu Dhabi firm behind Manchester City and nine other clubs, similar alliances are starting to bloom across the European landscape.

There are Pacific Media Group, who owns Barnsley, Belgian KV Oostende and Swiss FC Thun, while Leicester City's owners recently took over another Belgian side, OH Leuven, and Giampaolo Pozzo who owns both Udinese and Watford – just to give a few examples. 

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