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Before BZG There Was Orlegi Sports – Whatever Happened To Them?

Before there was any mention of the Bin Zayed Group towards the end of May, there was a little known group called Orlegi Sports who were linked to a takeover of Newcastle.

Reports initially surfaced in the Chronicle in early May that the Mexican-based group was interested in purchasing a Premier League team. They had just bought a controlling stake in Liga MX side FC Atlas earlier in the year and were looking to expand their operations to Europe.

The Chronicle did a report on May 7th linking the group’s interest in Europe specifically to Newcastle United. It was widely rubbished at the time, but a follow-up report was done on May 22nd adding an air of legitimacy to the initial reporting.

This is what the president of Orlegi Sports, Alejandro Irarragorri, said at the time:

“For us we have seen opportunities in Mexico, we have seen opportunities in the United States, and we have seen opportunities in Europe, and right now we are evaluating which are the best opportunities to generate value.

“There are many things, if I told you about the seven options we have at the table – they are all very interesting, and we are evaluating them.”

Nothing substantial was reported again on the group. It was only a few days later, a report in the Sun would lead to the summer of BZG and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Chronicle have followed up with some comments that Alejandro Irarragorri made to ESPN recently:

“We were completely looking towards Europe. Last year, we were very close to achieving a purchase in the Premier League.

“Our group was not of sufficient size to proceed with that purchase. We ended the contract with Azteca, and at that time, I went to eat with Ricardo Salinas to thank him. In that, he offers me to sell myself to the Atlas and then we understood this as a great opportunity.”

It looks like the original Orlegi Sports link had some legitimacy to it. However, it appears that they did not have sufficient resources to complete a deal.

90 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #81

    Neil you’re slacking again!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #82


    it’s true though. Look at social media for one. Everyone taking the piss out of Bruce. Example of it is the link posted by DM. The time it took to compile and photoshop all those photos could have been spent on doing something to promote the removal of lard arse.

    We all knew what we were getting when Bruce was appointed.

    All attention needs to be spent on removing jabba!

    Ashley out!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #83

    Completely agree. Even just on here, the tone has turned from an Ashley focus to Bruce.

    Did anyome see the Dutch team, think it was Roda JC, and their possibly slightly illegal approach to removing their owner?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #84


    Yes I saw that video on Facebook of the fans removing their owner from the stadium. Had a giggle at it.

  • geordietom

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #85

    we need a win tomorrow to get the lads start believing themselves and to give us fans something to shout about . be nice to turn them over after last weekends debacle…

  • IrishRob

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #86

    @65 His pet pug, lol lol lol

  • IrishRob

    Oct 5, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #87


  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 5, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #88

    Forming a picket line to stop Charnley / Ashley from entering SJP would be a ligitimate form of nonviolent protest.

  • posada

    Oct 5, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #89

    Looking forward to the game now.
    Gonna be interesting.

    Will it be a famous win like Man City last year.

    Will Bruce get a reaction from the players.

    Will he come up with a tactic of his own that works.

    If it goes badly how will the supporters react.

    Will there be pockets of Man U supporters in with the home fans. What type of supporters will they be. We all know them. They live in Consett, Berwick, North Shields or Blyth, but support Man U.

    What will the attendance be.

  • Sheikh Unknown

    Oct 5, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #90

    The absence of the loathsome parasite at SJP this season speaks volumes. Just shows how rotten the club is as the owner is scared of showing up on matchdays due to the well deserved abuse he’ll get. Charnley and any of the other henchman, ie, Barnes and Bishop, should also be targeted. They do the parasites dirty work and obviously advise him so they too should be hammered at every opportunity.

    I must admit a small part of me hopes we’ll get stuffed tomorrow as it’ll bring about the inevitable end of Bruce much sooner and put the pressure back on the fat parasite.

    Any sort of result for us tomorrow is just going to prolong the agony.


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