Sulaiman Al-Fahim

Portsmouth

Managers Delight

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It looks like we're back to talking about Rafa Benitez losing his job. Liverpool are out of the Champion's League and the world is about to go into meltdown. However, the Kopites don't see it like that and neither do I.
After hearing that Portsmouth had sacked (or removed) Paul Hart from the managers chair, I couldn't help but feel that the majority of Chairman seem to be as fickle as the rest of us.

Harry's not to blame

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I recently had a chat with Hank, a mate of mine that's a Portsmouth season-ticket holder. He's come along to The Lane a few times and you could say that he know's his football pretty well. The only downer is that he and a lot more Pompey fans blame Harry for their current plight. Now, call me stupid, but how is Harry to blame?

Arabs Play Hot-Potato with Pompey: Club Sold Again

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Pompey picked up some Saudi Oil money today as Saudi tycoon Ali al-Faraj bought 90% of the financially stricken club from Sulaiman al-Fahim.
Al-Fahim, of Abu Dhabi, bought the club just 44 days ago - but he's out and the 40-year-old al-Faraj is in.
So, what does this mean? Well - for starters, not much on the pitch: Pompey may have a large arsenal of cash to use in the January transfer window - but they'll have to stick with their hodgepodge of new signings and on-loan stars (O'Hara 4.

Portsmouth Cut off Some of the Fat

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With all the focus this summer on players getting bought and sold - and making big money moves across Europe - we sometimes forget that the summer is also a time when scores of players lose their jobs. Their contracts are not renewed. They don't make the step up from the reserves to the first team.

Liverpool Overspend on Glen Johnson for £18.5m, Portsmouth Welcome Martin Cranie to the Starting Lineup

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And speculation turns into fact. When there's smoke, there's fire. Just as we reported last weekend, Liverpool finally get their man Glen Johnson.
Johnson will come in as a direct replacement (and upgrade?) to Alvaro Arbeloa - who will now surely end up in Spain - perhaps even with former Premier League rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

WHEN DO THE HEADS START EATING EACHOTHER?

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When More Billionaires Own More Teams

I view billionaires from kind of the same curious perspective I view species of mysterious origin and function, like tapir or rare slime molds. I have lots of questions: How did they get there? And what do they do? If I see one, will I know it? Generally, these questions don't have easy answers.

WHEN DO THE HEADS START EATING EACHOTHER?

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When More Billionaires Own More Teams

I view billionaires from kind of the same curious perspective I view species of mysterious origin and function, like tapir or rare slime molds. I have lots of questions: How did they get there? And what do they do? If I see one, will I know it? Generally, these questions don't have easy answers.

Lookalikes: Portsmouth’s prospective new owner & the man who bought Man City

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Like two peas in a pod Hmm, this lookalike is a bit too good to be true. They are, in fact, one and the same. Sulaiman al-Fahim fronted the Abu Dhabi United (the name still makes me snigger) takeover of Manchester City before mysteriously disappearing out of sight. He has now re-emerged as the all-but-signed-on-the-dotted-line new oener [.

Chelsea

Football Lookalikes: The man who bought Man City & the man who might buy Chelsea

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Hmm, they could be twins Dr Sulaiman al-Fahim, who led the takeover of Manchester City, has expressed an interest in leading a consortium to take over Chelsea. He said: "It would not be cheap... but through a number of investors, there is money available to put together a deal." Given the limited success of importing washed [.

Man City: The New Evil Empire

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topic du jour It appears stealing the closing act was not enough, as Manchester City's new owners would like to steal tomorrow's matinee, the following evening performance, and the rest of the shows from here on out. Their point was made by the frankly shocking snatch of Robinho and equally as surprising bids for David Villa, [.

The Rest

Peace in the Middle East: Portsmouth Sold From Jew to Arab

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A deal has finally been brokered between Israelis and Arabs. Portsmouth FC have been sold from Israeli Alexandre Gaydamak to Arab Sulaiman Al-Fahim.
Al-Fahim, a real estate billionaire, has been nicknamed the "Donald Trump" of Abu Dhabi. The 32-year old will take over a club in dire need of some investment, and the task will be considerably more difficult than producing a season or two of The Apprentice.