Always on the lookout for new opportunities, Gerard Pique and his company Kosmos, which for example already own the Davis Cup in tennis, last spring tried to become the owners of Red Star, which plays in National. In this takeover project, he was not alone since he had with him several French players and entrepreneurs, whose identity he did not want to reveal to us.
“We were on the verge of buying the Red Star. Unfortunately, we arrived a little late in the negotiations, details Pique. But I went to Paris, I saw the stadium, I spoke with Patrice Haddad, the owner at the time… It interested me because it’s been working very well since we bought FC Andorra . We recovered the club in the 5th Division and today we are first in D3 and we may go up.
“We made a very good offer at the last minute, but it didn’t happen in the end”
We are looking to replicate this model in another club. We looked in Europe for a club that could meet our desires and our expectations. And the Red Star, for its history, the fact that it is in Paris (in Saint-Ouen), for its spectacular supporters, its stadium which is being renovated… we liked it right away. We made a very good offer at the last minute, but it didn’t happen in the end. But buying clubs is part of our plans. »