Maybe a weird topic title, but I wouldn't be surprised if KFC Wadi Degla Kempen SK
would become a Belgian club sooner or later. I made this thread because I think it's a quite interesting subject to discuss about away from the D2 topic.
What's the situation ?
First off all let's tell something more about Wadi Degla Sporting Club:
Wadi Degla Sporting Club
are an Egyptian association football club based in Cairo.
They are known to have a large youth football academy
. It is a similar project to that of ASEC Mimosas
. The club has a close relationship with England's Arsenal Football Club.
Read also: Arsenal set up shop in Cairo
Wadi Degla is owned by a very rich person: Samy Maged
. In October of this year Belgian football club K Lierse SK
has negotiated for two weeks with a bunch of Egyptian investors, to be more specific: the owners of Wadi Degla Sporting Club. The Egyptian club wanted to work togheter with Lierse on financial, sportive and structural level. The deal went trough ...
Just after the beginning of 2008, Samy Maged told exactly what his plans are with Lierse. He wants to make Lierse the biggest club of the country and even in Europe. Therefore he wants to build a new 40k stadium. Further on he wants Lierse to become a multifunctional sports team. He wants to cooperate with the Justine Henin Tennis Academy, a squash academy and a swimming school. For that swimming school he wants someone like Fred Deburghgraeve or Brigitte Becue to cooperate. And last, but not least, also former Beveren messiah Jean Marc Guillou
steps into the project.
Also Guillou speaks big language as: "In 10 years Lierse is Belgian top !" He will start with a Lierse academy from September 1 2008. "All my academies succeeded, so why wouldn't it be like that here in Belgium ?"
Only three days after Samy Maged told his plans, he steps into KV Turnhout to save them from bankrupcy. Wadi Degla pays Turnhouts debts. Lawyer Raymond Portocarero clearly states Samy Maged doesn't take over Turnhout, but only wants to cooperate. "A merge between the clubs isn't ruled out, but only if all teams want to step into the project".
Today the Gazet van Antwerpen
states that Geel is going to become a feeder club of Lierse. Samy is going to clear the debts of Geel and wants to keep Geel in the D2. Lierse loans out two players to Geel in order to reinforce their squad. The idea of the multisportscomplex Samy told about, is mentioned again. Geel seems to be a perfect place to build one. The Egyptian doesn't want to take Geel officially over as long as Lierse and Geel play in the same division.
What are my questions ?
What exactly wants Samy Maged ? What he tells ? Or is it a way to launder some money ? Are his ambitions realistic ? Why would a rich Egyptian guy invest in some Belgian D2 team ? Etc ...
But maybe the main question is: Is this good for Belgian football in any way ? In several countries billionairs took over football clubs in order to make them the best of the country / of Europe. Then I especially think about the Russian oil billionairs ... Can such investments of someone help a whole country to improve the competitions level ? Should more clubs sell themself to such people ?
A lot of questions to discuss about