City Football Group (CFG) has acquired a majority stake in Palermo FC, with Sicilian ‘life-long’ fan Dario Mirri remaining as club President and Chairman of the Board.

The side secured its place in Serie B last month with a play-off victory over Calcio Padova at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, resulting in another promotion.

Dario Mirri, Chairman of Palermo FC, added: “We are so very happy to welcome City Football Group to Palermo. We wanted to find the right investor with a deep knowledge of football to help to continue to take us forward. 

“We have that in CFG. We agreed the investment before the end of the season so we know we have a partner which is committed to growing Palermo in the right way. I am excited to continue to work alongside CFG. 

“They understand and respect the culture and traditions of our club. We are embarking on a project together which I know all of our fans will be proud of.”

The club notably has a ‘strong international following’ and under Mirri’s stewardship, has progressed from Serie D in 2019 to the second tier.

“Palermo is a great and historic club with a strong and proud identity,” added Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive of City Football Group. “We will work with Dario Mirri to continue his outstanding work to grow Palermo sustainably over the years ahead. 

“This is a very special club, and our role will be to add value to all of the things which make it so special and steadily improve performance on and off the pitch, using our experience and know how.”

“Italy is one of the world’s most exciting and passionate football countries, with a rich history of national team and club’s success, passionate supporters and a track record of fantastic footballers. We are delighted that City Football Group has extended its presence in Italy.”

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