Roar get new owner
9:41 PM Sun 9th Oct, 2011 - Admin
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced new owners for Brisbane Roar FC with the Bakrie Group of Indonesia taking a controlling stake.
FFA CEO Ben Buckley welcomed the Bakrie Group into the Hyundai A-League family and said the announcement was a great result for Brisbane Roar, its supporters and the game in Australia.
“We have been working extremely hard to find the right investors for last year’s premiers and we believe we have found fantastic new owners in the Bakrie Group,” Buckley said.
“They have a strong background in football through ownership of several other clubs and their interests are in line with our outlook for the Roar.
“Our main priorities were to find investors that would not only provide the club with long term security but also give the club the best opportunity for continued success.
“It is an exciting time for football in Australia and shows the growing international recognition of the Hyundai A-League and its future growth prospects.”
FFA has been working diligently to find investors in the Hyundai A-League premiers since taking the license back in March 2011.
The Bakrie Group, through its sporting arm Pelita Jaya Cronus, will take a 70 per cent interest in the Club under a 10-year license. FFA retains 30 per cent in the interim. FIFA Ethics Committee member Dali Tahir will be the chairman of the club.
Pelita Jaya Cronus President Aga Bakrie said the group was delighted to be involved with the Roar.
“We are delighted, and honoured, to be the new owners of Brisbane Roar; an exceptional team and a successful club supported by a passionate community,” he said.
“This commitment is for the long term, and an opportunity to not only support the growth of football in Brisbane, but to also strengthen ties between Australia and Indonesia.
“We have a strong track record of investing in football and we will support the club as it seeks to grow.
“Our vision is to make Brisbane Roar Australia’s most successful professional football club.”
Brisbane Roar FC will play Central Coast Mariners FC in a blockbuster grand final replay at 7.45pm local time at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.
Pelita Jaya Cronus
Pelita Jaya Cronus is part of the Bakrie Group of companies. The company currently has a stake in Brisbane Roar (A League), Pelita Jaya (Indonesian Super League), Cercle Sportif Vise (Belgian Second Division) and Indonesia Futbol S.A.D (Uruguay U17 & U19 top division). The President of Pelita Jaya Cronus is Aga Bakrie.
Adika (Aga) Nuraga Bakrie
Mr. Aga Bakrie holds an executive leadership position within the Bakrie Group overseeing strategic investments and portfolio management at Bakrie Capital Indonesia.
In 2011 Mr. Bakrie was appointed President of Pelita Jaya Cronus the Bakrie Group’s newly formed entity designed to provide sport development programs across football in Indonesia and strategic international regions. Mr. Bakrie is uniquely positioned to lead Pelita Jaya Cronus after spending the past 10 years actively involved in football development across a number of positions including deputy manager of the Indonesian U23 national team and as senior advisor with Pelita Jaya, the Bakrie owned Indonesian Super Premier League club.
Since the establishment of Pelita Jaya Cronus he has overseen the selection, negotiation and strategic investment in clubs across Indonesia, Europe, South America and the Asia Pacific region. Under this initiative Belgium Club CS Vise was purchased where Mr. Bakrie currently holds the position of Chairman.
Mr. Bakrie was educated at Bentley University in Boston and Leysin American School in Switzerland.
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