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As some of you may be aware, a consortium of UAE businessmen known as Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment are buying Man City FC, enabling them to pay Eur 40m for Robinho amongst others. After the failure of a similar UAE consortium to rescue Silverjet Airline despite similar promises having been made, my concern as a City fan is whether this latest group is real. Back in the UK on bluemoon.com they believe ADUG is owned by the Abu Dhabi Royal Family but I can find nothing about them anywhere. Their CEO is a Dr. Sulaiman Al Fahim who evidently heads Hyder Properties but again, who are they? I know of Hyder Consulting only. If any Abu Dhabi residents can shed any light on the matter, yours truly would be most appreciative.
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ABUG was set up in the last 48 hours, principally to buy City.

The real power behind it is Sheikh Mansour, the brother of the UAE President who just happens to be married to Sheikh Mo's daughter.

It is Hydra Properties rather than Hyder.

Not really sure how this one will go, possibly will get in some major signings. From the sounds of things yesterday though they were just after glamour signings rather than people who would fit into the team, a lesson Madrid has learnt in recent times.

Now City have all this money they can start paying proper rent on Eastlands.

As for the Robinho signing, putting jam on a turd doesn't make it taste any better.
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Hmmmm........... I just had an e-mail from a (usually reliable) friend in Spain who tells of a wickedly hilarious rumour doing the rounds out there this morning. To sum it up:

A not-so-imaginary conversation............

"Hey Robinho, got your bags packed?"
"Yes - I'm due to fly to London in the next hour or so to sign for Chel....."
"Er....ah, yes... actually, can we have a word with you about that? You're actually flying to Manchester, not London."
"Manchester? Manchester?? Really??? Fantastic!!! I'll be playing with Tevez, Rooney, Ferdinand, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs........"
"Er....... I think you'd better sit down - there's something we have to tell you........."

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As for the Robinho signing, putting jam on a turd doesn't make it taste any better.
Thanks for the heads-up. As for the jam analogy, it certainly worked for Chelsea, who were mediocre before the Roman invasion. Looking at their existing players, Man City should be challenging for a Top 6 place this year but not sure if that will satisfy the Sheikhs...poor Mark Hughes will be in for a nervous season.
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quite amusing that a company called United has bought City

there is still a long way to go in the process. They havn't even done the Due Dilligence yet so it could quite easily all go pearshaped, leaving City with a huge bill to pay for Robhino and no money to pay it!
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quite amusing that a company called United has bought City

there is still a long way to go in the process. They havn't even done the Due Dilligence yet so it could quite easily all go pearshaped, leaving City with a huge bill to pay for Robhino and no money to pay it!
Methinks you protest too much, sir. Mind you, if anybody knows about massive debts, its a Man Utd fan
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I have never heard of this organization before. I think it is like you put it, a last minute call. Although, I think they are making a mistake buying City because it is just obvious that there is no way that they'd crack the top four (like Mr. Fahim said when they signed the contract) and they will just compete for a UEFA cup spot.

Robinho isn't gonna spend more than one season there. He's gonna hate it with all the rain and no chance to play in the Champions League or even competing in the domestic league. He is gonna bite his tounge and consider it as a stepping stone to move for a greater club just like Tevez and Mascherano did with West Ham.
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I have never heard of this organization before. I think it is like you put it, a last minute call. Although, I think they are making a mistake buying City because it is just obvious that there is no way that they'd crack the top four (like Mr. Fahim said when they signed the contract) and they will just compete for a UEFA cup spot.

Robinho isn't gonna spend more than one season there. He's gonna hate it with all the rain and no chance to play in the Champions League or even competing in the domestic league. He is gonna bite his tounge and consider it as a stepping stone to move for a greater club just like Tevez and Mascherano did with West Ham.
and who is going to pay the £32m for him then?

If I was a City fan I'd be over the moon about him, they have a pretty decent team anyway, especially with wright-phillips back, and this Jo lad upfront.
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I have never heard of this organization before. I think it is like you put it, a last minute call. Although, I think they are making a mistake buying City because it is just obvious that there is no way that they'd crack the top four (like Mr. Fahim said when they signed the contract) and they will just compete for a UEFA cup spot.

Robinho isn't gonna spend more than one season there. He's gonna hate it with all the rain and no chance to play in the Champions League or even competing in the domestic league. He is gonna bite his tounge and consider it as a stepping stone to move for a greater club just like Tevez and Mascherano did with West Ham.
maybe you should read this as well:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2....premierleague
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maybe you should read this as well:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2....premierleague
I'd just read that and the best paragraph is the last one

He said the new owners would take an active role in the club and would attend City's next game. That will be against Chelsea on September 13, when City's supporters are planning to celebrate the new-found wealth by wearing Arab headgear.

Fantastic....
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Notoriously bad journalism from the Grauniad as usual. Where are they getting their researchers from these days.

Adug is fronted by Sulaiman al-Fahim, a 31-year-old businessman, property mogul and reality-television show host who is ranked 16th in Arabian Business Magazine's list of 100 most powerful Arabs, with a personal wealth said to be 10 times that of Abramovich
So 10 x Abramovich, that would mean he has $200 billion in personal wealth, what a crock of shite.
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I read the article, but what grabbed my attention the most is the overstretching of the statement made by Cook at the end of the article. I mean to think that ADUG would remain for ten years just to get a title whether it is the EPL or the CL is just plain nonsense. I don't think that these guys are looking for long term investments but more of a quick guaranteed cash. Besides, you can't compare Chelsea with Man City. Chelsea has been a good team even before Abramovich and yes they didn't win anything significant but they were always regarded as one of the big four. City has basically no history aside from perhaps few titles when my grandpa was born but that is it.
To be honest, I think it is a failure investment. They should have knocked the Amercian's doors for Liverpool instead.
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I read the article, but what grabbed my attention the most is the overstretching of the statement made by Cook at the end of the article. I mean to think that ADUG would remain for ten years just to get a title whether it is the EPL or the CL is just plain nonsense. I don't think that these guys are looking for long term investments but more of a quick guaranteed cash. Besides, you can't compare Chelsea with Man City. Chelsea has been a good team even before Abramovich and yes they didn't win anything significant but they were always regarded as one of the big four. City has basically no history aside from perhaps few titles when my grandpa was born but that is it.
To be honest, I think it is a failure investment. They should have knocked the Amercian's doors for Liverpool instead.
Do you not think that was discussed but ruled out as Dubai still has an interest...

What better for the UAE than "battling" it out on the UK turf week in week out... the UAE derby Man City vs Liverpool....
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Notoriously bad journalism from the Grauniad as usual. Where are they getting their researchers from these days.



So 10 x Abramovich, that would mean he has $200 billion in personal wealth, what a crock of shite.
haha yeh I forgot to mention that in my lost post. I told that article is crap and to think this al Fahim guy has all this money just from a shit real estate company and a TV show is just stupid.
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