Brazilian businessman takes over Morecambe Football Club

Morecambe FC has a new Brazilian owner.Morecambe FC has a new Brazilian owner.
Morecambe FC has a new Brazilian owner.
Morecambe is set to become the first English league football club to be owned by a Brazilian.

The club has announced that Diego Lemos has acquired a majority shareholding in the Shrimps.

This is subject to the consent of the English Football League (EFL).

The club is making no further comment at this stage.

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Mr Lemos, 35, lives in Qatar, has a football background and members of his family have played at a high level professionally.

He has around 10 years of experience as a FIFA football agent operating in Asia.

His father Luisinho Tombo (Luiz Alberto Silva Lemos) was a top goalscoring striker in the Rio State League of Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s. He played for America and Flamengo and was a contemporary of one of Brazil’s all-time great footballers, Zico.

Mr Lemos’ uncles Caio Cambalhota and Cesar Maluco were also top footballers, Cesar as a member of Brazil’s 1974 World Cup squad.

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It was announced in March that Morecambe FC, currently top of League Two, was up for sale.

Chairman Peter McGuigan said at the time: “Having been chairman for 16 years, I feel the time is right for a new owner to take the club forward and build on a strong platform that exists today.

“These exciting developments will secure the long-term financial viability of the club.”

More to come.