New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will reportedly expand his portfolio even further, as the Patriot owner of almost 25 years is reportedly set to purchase a 40 percent stake in La Liga club Sevilla FC.
The oldest team in Spain devoted to solely football, Sevilla is coming off a seventh-place finish in La Liga last season, and were the runner-up in last year’s Copa Del Ray (Spain’s top soccer championship), ultimately won by Barcelona.
Kraft is not the first American sports owner to own a soccer club, of course. In addition to owning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Glazer family owns a significant stake in Manchester United, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke is the majority shareholder of Arsenal, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan owns Fulham FC.
If he’s indeed successful in his pursuit, Kraft would not even be the first local owner to purchase a team overseas, either, as Liverpool FC is owned by Red Sox owner John Henry and his Fenway Sports Group.
But it would finally allow Kraft to own a soccer team overseas, which is something he has previously expressed an interest in, beginning with an interest in Liverpool before Henry and Co. swooped in and bought the club.
In addition to the Patriots, Kraft owns the MLS’s New England Revolution and the Boston Uprising of the Overwatch League.