KV Kortrijk becomes latest Belgian football club with American owner
KV Kortrijk will become the sixth professional football club in Belgium with American owners, De Tijd writes on Tuesday. KAM Sports, a sports investment group owned by American property entrepreneur Matthew Kaminski and his family, is buying the First Division club.
The club has been on sale for years, with Malaysian Vincent Tan, the owner since 2015, valuing it at 15 million euros. The final figure could be much higher, as the deal would include the club's planned training centre, financed by the city. Tan bought Kortrijk in 2015 for 5 million euros and has invested more money into the club since.
KV Kortrijk is the second club to be taken over by Kaminski in a short time, after he bought Greek side Panetolikos last year. While the American owner of English Premier League side Burnley and a local group of entrepreneurs were reportedly interested, Kaminski was the only concrete candidate to buy the club.
Of 26 professional clubs in Belgium, six are fully or partly American-owned: RWDM, KV Oostende, Standard, Club Brugge and Beveren.
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