In his first press conference as a Lyon shareholder, John Textor criticized PSG and quoted Botafogo as saying: ‘We are trying to create a family among our clubs’

John Composer of text held this Tuesday (21/6) in France its first press conference as the newest shareholder Lyon. Businessman, owner of SAF to do Botafogohe won 66.5% of the French club and named Glorioso in a press conference.

We are trying to create a family among our clubs. That works together. Naturally, our fans understand this. That was a good thing when we bought Botafogo. It is quite different from my investment in Crystal Palace, but Rio de Janeiro fans began to connect with London fans, they began to exchange cultures, shirts, not compete with others. Social networks are very good at this. Now I see people wearing Crystal Palace shirts at Nilton Santos Stadium and I see Botafogo shirts at bars in London. And they call the brethren. And in less than 24 hours they have been doing this with Lyon – said Textor, who stabbed his rival PSG:

I don’t like projects like PSG. If we continue to do what Jean-Michel Aulas (Lyon CEO) has been doing for a few years and bring entertainment and technology to him, we can earn more money than an investor from Qatar..

I think football was broken by money. It is a fact. In every part of the world we have at least two or three strong teams. And others? What happiness is there in that? I think money is important. We will have to use it. But what I love about football is the community that lives on it – said Textor.

At another point in the interview, when asked what a Lyon fan could expect after his discovery, Textor recalled a “idiot” statement when he arrived in Botafogo.

I think my first suggestion for the Lyon men’s team is to start looking at women immediately. Just joking (laughs). I said something stupid when we bought Botafogo, in Brazil. The team was in the second tier. Great difficulties in recent years. The team had not won anything for decades. I said I wanted to run Flamengo later. Which was a stupid thing to say. Because everyone was looking forward to beating them in the next fight. I believe in dreaming with my eyes open – Texter said, also referring to SAFs in Brazilian football:

In Brazil, I think I was one of the first to buy SAF. Ronaldo, on Cruzeiro. 777 partners, in Vasco da Gama. Maybe Manchester City will buy the club. Capital flows into Brazil, which is one of the best talented designers in the world. People in Botafogo are looking forward to sharing this experience. Players go on both sides, from Europe to Brazil and from Brazil to Europe. In the years to come, I hope that Botafogo will be recognized as the best player coach in Brazil.


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