behind the scenes of the second rescue of the Girondins de Bordeaux

The road in front of the DNCG on Tuesday afternoon closes for the Girondins de Bordeaux in a series of two months of extreme events at the highest level of the sport! A sequence in which the club almost disappeared after the decision of the financial police of French football to demote it to the National 1, twice, in the first instance and then on appeal. Finally drafted to the extremis of Ligue 2 thanks to the approval of the Commercial Court of Bordeaux, the CNOSF and the FFF, the Girondins de Bordeaux approached the correctional. And they went to every state.

In the short term, Bordeaux supporters can breathe and above all concentrate on the pitch: “Place for sports”, tons, in a few days, Gérard Lopez, the owner and president of Marine et Blanc. It was time. But before going completely into the sporting chapter with a particular transfer window, France Bleu Gironde invites you to go back behind the scenes of this second rescue of the Girondins, within a year.

Day management understands that it can be very complicated

Some understood, from the beginning, that it was an obstacle course, after the club’s sporting relegation to Ligue 2. And on June 14 in the first passage in front of the DNCG, everyone knew it. Above the more complicated hearing experienced by the delegation of Bordeaux, the anger of the rivals at the time and above all the unauthorized presence of a member of the body, a good connoisseur of the club, is not good for the following. This person will not hesitate “destroy” the Bordeaux file while leaking false information to the press on the events of the day. His behavior also earns him a few calls to order from the DNCG chief. The Girondins management confirmed that some members of the club have been playing against them for several months.

“On the one hand, we are useless and we can’t do much; and on the other hand, we quickly feel that the file is not only financial and that we have nothing to neglect”, said a person close to the case.

Behind the scenes, some hope, in fact, to see the club file for bankruptcy to keep it in the National 3. The files are almost tied up. In addition, within two months, several leaks will challenge the management of the club to the point that an email will be sent by Gérard Lopez to the members of the board of directors to remind them that they are subject to a confidentiality clause . This most unfavorable atmosphere within the Girondins themselves did not remain without future.

Gérard Lopez, owner and president of Girondins de Bordeaux © Maxppp

According to our information, the structure of the club should be easily changed. Gérard Lopez recently mentioned the establishment, for example, of a strategic council. The option of a management board, led by a Spanish-Luxembourgish businessman and one or two relatives, together with a supervisory board, is also on the table. On the other hand, the assumption of appointing a deputy president led the wing: “The employer puts the money, why should it change?”, repeated the entourage of the president of the Girondins de Bordeaux.

The day Fortress tried to fire Gérard Lopez

It happened in a week in June. Tensions are high between Gérard Lopez and his creditors, the American investment funds, Fortress and King Street. The latter simply decided to “sell” the debt to the Girondins in “difficulty”. That is, put it in the public square, and basically, give it to the first comer with the least money on the table. The Americans only offered Gérard Lopez to recover his starting bet, ie 10 million euros, and a percentage of the value of the club if it is sold.

According to France Bleu Gironde, two American businessmen who work in investment funds have shown interest. One of them is the co-owner of an NBA franchise and a good European soccer club. They contacted Gérard Lopez who of course did not welcome them with open arms. Eventually, Fortress’s attempt quickly failed: “It’s impossible, the timing is impossible. This trial is too late and above all disorganized.” GL won this first hot moment, as negotiations continued to reduce the debt and the DNCG appeal commission was approaching.

The day Gérard Lopez went all-in

“everyone” as poker players say. This is the decision of the Hispano-Luxembourgish businessman to make between the appeal decision of the DNCG and the CNOSF! A big bluff in which he told the two investment funds that he would destroy everything and withdraw his balls from the deal if they did not make a big debt effort to save the club. “We have to enter them”, replied someone close to GL. As revealed by L’Equipe, Gérard Lopez just threatened his creditors to put the club into compulsory liquidation. And bye bye the 53 million euro debt for Americans.

This very dangerous blow, Gérard Lopez admits it now, saying that he knows very well that Fortress and King will eventually be released. After three days of tension, this is what happens. Investment funds agree to reduce the debt by 75%, mainly by simply and simply leaving half of it. The other part is being restructured. And finally, the financial debt of the club is now 8 million euros thanks to the recent transfer of Jules Koundé to Barça.

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But beware, this extraordinary effort of investment funds should not remain without a future. They don’t intend to sit like that on 26 million euros. According to several sources across the Atlantic, the councils of Fortress and King Street but also of the club are considering taking legal action against the DNCG for interference and to obtain compensation for the consequences of the decisions taken that lead to of significant capital. losses during this transition period. More French clubs can be added to the file.

The day Nasser al-Khelaïfi offered to speak

In French football, it is well known that Gérard Lopez has few friends, and therefore many enemies. “Frankly, we’ve had very little support in recent weeks. We’ve even taken a lot of shots from former players. I admit it wasn’t easy these days”, blamed the entourage of the president of the Girondins. Amid this ambient hostility, one person offered to step out of line, and not just anyone: Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the president of Paris-Saint-Germain. The Qatari leader is ready to speak publicly to the media to support the Spanish-Luxembourg businessman.

Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the president of Paris-Saint-Germain.
Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the president of Paris-Saint-Germain. © AFP
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One more remained but he was one of the few “Lopez is unbreakable” in the French courts. This is Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of OL. “He’s not with his ‘long live Gérard Lopez’ flag either, but at least he’s not against us, on the contrary even!”, explained a witness to the negotiations over the past few weeks.

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