YOKOHAMA F · MARINOS SEAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY FOOTBALL GROUP
We are pleased to announce that Yokohama F・Marinos have hereby made the Partnership agreement with City Football Group Limited as the holding company of Manchester City FC.
Yokohama F・Marinos has been working to make a lot of reforms in business since 2010. With regards to the team performance, it had been struggling in the mediocrity since the championship clinched in 2004 but the standing in the J1 league has steadily improved. Last season it missed the title in the very last match but remained high position in the championship race throughout the season. The team could lift the Emperor’s cup first in 21 years.
For business side, it sopped the decreasing trend to 2009 of attendance and last season it made the club record for average attendance per match and J league record of the match attendance with 62,632 at the last home match, thanks to all the cooperation for fans and supporters. As a result of these, total sales revenue has improved dramatically and made the best record of the club.
However, we have many issues to overcome for pursuing both team performance and financial results in good shape among soccer clubs not only in Japan but also in Asia and the world. We recognize there should be a limit to realize such success only through a current level of reform.
We are assured that The partnership with City Football Group Limited should be a powerful engine to overcome such limit. We would like to accelerate to grow up by learning advanced team reinforcement and business know-how of City Football Group as much as possible.
We, Yokohama F・Marino sin, will make it, you can look forward to it from now on.
The partnership agreement is made among NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD, CITY FOOTBALL GROUP LMITED and YOKOHAMA MARINOS, LIMITED.