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Reading Secure Partnership With Galatasaray

Wed 27th Feb 2013 | Football Club Management

Reading Football Club have signed a mutual working agreement with Turkish giants Galatasaray which will see the two clubs share on and off the field knowledge.

Having welcomed senior officials from Galatasaray to Madejski Stadium and Hogwood Park late last year, Chief Executive Nigel Howe and Director Chris Samuelson were in Turkey this week to meet with President Unal Aysal, CEO Lutfi Aribogan & Sportif Koordinator Bulent Tulun and finalise an exciting partnership.

The arrangement will see the clubs work together on a number of aspects including the sharing of knowledge on and off the pitch, close co-operation between our first teams and Academies, training support and joint scouting, especially in Africa and further afield.

The clubs will work together on many more opportunities from a footballing, branding and operational perspective whilst Galatasaray will spread the name of Reading FC in Turkey.

Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement and both clubs see this as a great opportunity.

“Working together with a club the size of Galatasaray can bring great positives to us at Reading. This is the first time we have entered into such an agreement and to do it with a club the size of Galatasaray is a real coup and we look forward to now bringing it to fruition.”

Director Chris Samuelson said, “Galatasaray are a huge club, not just in Turkey but across the world. For example the Turkish community in London is substantial, and of course we have our own links to Turkey already with Jem Karacan doing so well for us from our Academy.

“There are many aspects to this, the exchange of information at youth and first team levels, the possibility of friendly games, the list goes on. We are in the early stages right now but these are exciting times for both clubs.”

Galatasaray are one of the biggest clubs in the world and have further strengthened their standing recently by adding Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder to a squad already full of top names and pushing in the last 16 of this season’s UEFA Champions League. They are top of the Turkish Super Liga by six points, having won the Super Liga 18 times in their history, as well as 14 Turkish Cups.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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