Manchester City Group have announced the purchase of Chinese Club Sichuan Jiuniu FC, in the China League Two, in Chengdu.
Based in Chengdu in Sichuan Province, Sichuan Jiuniu plays its home games at the 27,000 capacity Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium and kicks off the new season next month.
The purchase means the group now owns seven clubs around the world.becomes the Group’s seventh Club.
City Football Group’s presence in China includes offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen, several commercial partnerships, community projects and a strong record of football education, with City coaches operating in schools in cities around China as part of a Chinese Ministry of Education programme.
Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive Officer of City Football Group said: “Today marks an exciting new chapter in the growth of City Football Group. China is an extremely important football market, which we have been focused on for some time. We are delighted to welcome Sichuan Jiuniu FC to our Group, alongside our partners, China Sports Capital and UBTECH. We see this as a natural extension of our existing activities. From our work together at Manchester City and across CFG, our relationships with CMC Inc., China Sports Capital and UBTECH make us very confident that we have established a strong ownership group which is well placed to oversee this Club.
“We believe strongly in the future of football in China. We are making a long-term, sustainable commitment to grow and develop Sichuan Jiuniu FC and to nurture Chinese footballing talent. These objectives are equally important. Our immediate focus will be strengthening our football performance, using all of our experience and know-how, forging a strong relationship with our fans and building a strong presence in the community. We cannot wait to get started.”