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The bizarre rise of FC Pyramids

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Why an Arab sheik a fortune in the African football investing

The bizarre rise of FC Pyramids

An unknown team from Egypt gave last summer to 40 million on new players and coaches and pulled this winter for seven miljoenentransfers. Thanks to a wealthy sheik from Saudi Arabia. His motive? Revenge.

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The Brazilian Keno (middle) came to 8.6 million euros from Palmeiras. He is the most expensive transfer ever in Egypt. reuters

Why an Arab sheik a fortune in the African football investing

The bizarre rise of FC Pyramids

An unknown team from Egypt gave last summer to 40 million on new players and coaches and pulled this winter for seven miljoenentransfers. Thanks to a wealthy sheik from Saudi Arabia. His motive? Revenge.

Football
Egypt

Nico Tanghe

BrusselHet remained for many under the radar, but in Egypt builds a good friend of the Arab crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at a breakneck pace to a team that the dignity of the African football can dramatically change.

Because after more Manchester City in England and PSG in France, there is now also a wealthy Arab sheik who has taken tens of millions in an African football team to invest in. His name? The very media billionaire Turki-al-Sheikh in his own country minister of sport and good friend of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Open war

He bought the middle of last year the unknown Egyptian club Al Assiouty Sport, a gray middenmoter from the interior that the previous years, usually in second class played and that the Saudi billionaire immediately to the capital of Cairo had to move. The beginning of a metamorphosis without equal. Turki-al-Sheikh showed his new toy, a new (inspiratieloze) name fitting – FC Pyramids and spent in the past zomermercato reportedly 40 million euros to a completely new trainersstaf and 23 new players.

Billionaire Turki-al-Sheikh building in a breakneck pace to a team that the dignity of the African football can dramatically change

The reason for this bizarre miljoeneninvestering? Revenge. A year ago, there was a Turki-al-Sheikh, just before the wintermercato brought in as honorary president of the Egyptian football club Al Ahly, who at that time on the edge of bankruptcy. To the dissatisfaction of a lot of Egyptian fans, which is very suspicious stand against the growing power of Saudi Arabia in the region after the Arab Spring.

A tension that soon turned into an open war, when the sheik in the subsequent wintermercato the Argentine top coach Ramon Diaz – who was on the verge to sign for Al-Ahly – go to the Saudi club Al-Ittihad had to leave. ‘Diaz wanted for us to draw, but the Saudi clubs have priority”, said Turki-al-Sheikh at the time. A statement that the anger of the Egyptian fans provoked – in some matches were even spreekkoren that the mother of the sheik adding insult to injury – and the Saudi billionaire eventually to resignation forced.

Since then, the senses, he on revenge. Barely two weeks later bought Turki-al-Sheik Al Assiouty Sport and he started with the African football unprecedented amounts of everywhere in the world, a topploeg together to buy. Ranging from the expensive Brazilians Keno (8.6 million euro, Palmeiras), Carlos Eduardo (5.2 million euro, Goias) or Rodriguinho (5 million euros from Corinthians) to many Egyptian internationals such as Ahmed El Shenawy and Ali Gabr.

Fans hiring?

Turki-al-Sheikh. belgaimage

In the past wintermercato he added another seven new toptransfers, with as most notable names in Iraqi Omar Khirbin, one of the best Asian players of the moment and the Peruvian playmaker of Christian Benavente of Charleroi, which is almost 6 million euros cost and reportedly net almost 2 million euros per year with FC Pyramids would earn.

No effort is the flamboyant Saudi sheik – those in our own country was proposed to the Italian cup final in Jeddah to play too much. So would he according to some media, even local Egyptian fans ‘hiring’ for new FC Pyramids to come and cheer. And he, as always, very impulsive, running. So relieved he already had three coaches in seven months ‘ time and provoked he to the fans of Al Ahly by the beginning of this year is still the previously lost Argentine coach Diaz at his own team.

The result could not long be wanting. PC Pyramids is currently second in the Egyptian league, in which Benavente this weekend with his debut immediately scored. And Turki-al-Sheikh? That dream already aloud of the African Champions League.

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