Foreign ownership will continue to rise

Global football is no longer just about sport. Money matters, and in a big way. In this sixth of an eight-part series, here's a look at why England attract foreign owners more than any other country and the rise of Asian investors

In the past, football club owners were often passionate individuals with ties to the local community, and ownership often passed within the family.

In recent years though, clubs have been traded freely to the point where 60 per cent of English Premier League teams had foreign owners at the end of last year - and at least three more are available for the right price to the right bidder.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2018, with the headline 'Foreign ownership will continue to rise'. Print Edition | Subscribe