Nezmar returns to Liberec as CEO. The new owner of the club is Kania

Nezmar returns to Liberec as CEO. The new owner of the club is Kania
Nezmar returns to Liberec as CEO. The new owner of the club is Kania

Businessman Ondřej Kania became the owner of Slovan Liberec when he bought 75.65 percent of the shares. At the same time, its former player and official Jan Nezmar is returning to the club, whom the new board of directors elected as general manager.

Kania acquired the club from Ludvík Karel, who joined Slovan in the mid-1990s and helped him out of financial problems.

During his era, Liberec won three league titles in 2002, 2006 and 2012.

He also made it to European Cups several times, reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2002.

“It is a great honor for us that we can become the majority shareholders of such an important Czech football club as FC Slovan Liberec,” said Kania, who took over the club through his company Pembroke Manor.

“Our unequivocal goal for the coming seasons is to return the club to where it historically belongs, i.e. to the highest ranks of the Czech league and to fight every year in the preliminary rounds for participation in the basic groups of European cups,” he added.

Slovan informed about the upcoming change of owner already in December. Kania, 31, the chief executive of JK Education/Consilium, which deals with education and runs a network of private schools among other things, had until May 15 to exercise the buyout option

At the same time, he sought Nezmar’s return to the club from the beginning. “The first step to achieving our goals is the appointment of Jan Nezmar to the position of CEO,” confirmed Kania.

“Further steps will follow and will be communicated transparently with fans, partners and the football public,” added the club’s new owner, whose wife Petra has become the chairman of the board.

Nezmar won league titles with Liberec as a player in 2002 and 2012 and subsequently worked successfully in the role of sports director.

He also held the same position in Slavia. He finished at Eden in 2020, after which he was a sports advisor at the Polish club Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala.

He also worked for the consulting firm Deloitte CR or the hockey team White Tigers Liberec.

Slavia Prague also changed hands during the season, which was bought by billionaire Pavel Tykač from the Chinese company CITIC Group.

Viktoria Plzeň has had a new owner since June. The Austrian-Swiss business group FCVP GmbH acquired a majority share from Adolf Šádek, who remained in the management of the club.

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The article is in Czech

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