Waasland-Beveren ends up in American hands. Bolt Football Holdings – the investment group around billionaire David Blitzer – is to take over the club and make a serious capital injection. The Americans previously tried to get a Belgian club in their portfolio.
In partnership with Ivan Bravo, the former Real Madrid strategic director and CEO at Aspire, Eupen’s Qatari parent club. With the appointment of Miguel Torrecilla as technical director of Waasland-Beveren, the Spanish link has already been established.
By the way, the takeover was desperately needed, because Waasland-Beveren had not been financially at the same level as the rest of 1A for years. With the lowest first-class budget, it was every season counted on luck. The US input will also entail a serious budget increase, allowing for some quality to be added to the core before October 5th.
Much needed, because after the unexpected win on the opening matchday, Nicky Hayen’s team has not shown much more. Waasland-Beveren is therefore going to undergo profound changes. Dirk Huyck normally remains chairman, but everything around it would be modernized and professionalized.