Nasser Al-Khelaifi

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Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaïfi
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi à Doha.jpg
Country  Qatar
Residence France
Born (1973-11-12) November 12, 1973 (age 40)
Qatar
Turned pro 1992
Retired 2003
Plays Right-handed
Prize money US$16,201
Singles
Career record 12–33 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 995 (November 4, 2002)
Doubles
Career record 12–18 (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 1040 (February 8, 1993)
Last updated on: May 20, 2013.

Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaïfi (ناصر بن غانم الخليفي)[1] (born November 12, 1973 in Qatar) is a Qatari sports businessman and a former professional tennis player. He is the current president of the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) and vice-president of the Asian Tennis Federation of the west Asia (ATF),[2] and current director of Al Jazeera Sports[3] which changed its name to beIN Sports,[4] as well as being the president of Ligue 1 football club, Paris Saint-Germain.

Early career[edit]

As a tennis professional, Al-Khelaïfi was the second most successful member of the Qatar Davis Cup team after Sultan Khalfan, playing 43 ties between 1992 and 2002 and compiling a 12–31 record in singles, 12–16 in doubles. Al-Khelaïfi appeared twice on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) main tour, losing each time in his first round matches in St. Pölten in 1996 (lost to Muster) and in Doha in 2001. He reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 995 in late 2002.[5][6]

Presidency of Paris St-Germain FC[edit]

Al-Khelaïfi with Leonardo in 2012

Qatar Investment Authority ("QIA") bought a controlling 70% stake of Paris Saint-Germain in 2011.[7] Qatar Investment Authority officially became the majority shareholder of Paris Saint-Germain and Nasser Al-Khelaïfi presented a five-year plan to take Paris SG to the top of the tree, in France and abroad.[8] Al-Khelaïfi became the new president (and first non-French president) of Paris Saint-Germain in October 2011.[9] As part of the long term plan for the club, Al-Khelaïfi brought in legendary footballer, Leonardo Araújo, as the new director of football.[10] In addition, he attempted to bring in Alexandre Pato and Carlos Tévez to play for the club,[11] but failed. Although Al-Khelaïfi had initially demanded a major trophy haul for the 2011-2012 season, PSG were soon eliminated from the Europa League and both domestic cups, leaving the team only able to compete for the Ligue 1 title.[12] Despite spending more than $132 million on players, PSG failed to dominate, and lost out to eventual winners Montpellier HSC, though they did qualify for the UEFA Champions League by finishing second.

In the 2012-13 season, PSG was able to capture the Ligue 1 title and also make it to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, under the goalscoring of newly signed striker, Zlatan Ibrahimović. They eventually lost in a two legged tie to Chelsea on away goals.

Under Khelaifi's leadership, PSG have spent over € 350 million in player transfer fees, listed in the table below:

Rank Player From Transfer Fee
(€ millions)
Year Source
1. Edinson Cavani Napoli
64.5
2013
2. David Luiz Chelsea
49.5
2014
3. Javier Pastore Palermo
42.0
2011
[13]
4. Thiago Silva Milan
42.0
2012
[14]
5. Lucas Moura São Paulo
40.0
2012
[15]
6. Marquinhos Roma
31.4
2013
7. Ezequiel Lavezzi Napoli
26.0
2012
[16]
8. Yohan Cabaye Newcastle
25.0
2014
[17]
9. Zlatan Ibrahimović Milan
20.0
2012
[18]
10. Lucas Digne Lille
15.0
2013
11. Marco Verratti Pescara
12.0
2012
[19]
12. Kévin Gameiro Lorient
11.0
2011
[20]
13. Thiago Motta Inter
10.0
2012
[21]
14. Jérémy Ménez Roma
8.0
2011
[22]
15. Mohamed Sissoko Juventus
8.0
2011
[23]
16. Blaise Matuidi Saint-Étienne
7.5
2011
[24]
17. Gregory van der Wiel Ajax
6.0
2012
18. Alex Chelsea
5.0
2012
[25]
19. Milan Biševac Valenciennes
4.0
2011
[26]
20. Maxwell Barcelona
4.0
2012
[27]
21. Salvatore Sirigu Palermo
3.5
2011
[28]
22. Diego Lugano Fenerbahçe
3.0
2011
[29]
23. David Beckham LA Galaxy
0.0
2013
1-23
432.0

Players marked in bold are currently in the team.

Personal life[edit]

Al-Khelaïfi attended the same schools as the royal family in his youth. He is close to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, head of sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority. Upon his unveiling as the new president of PSG, Al-Khelaïfi learned how to speak French.[30] In February, 2012, he won a French 'Sport Business' award, receiving the most votes out of 1,500 and finishing ahead of nine people.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aljazeerasport.net/news/tennis/2011/06/201161684244423582.html
  2. ^ "About Us". qatartennis.org. Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF). Retrieved 2011-12-01.  (English)
  3. ^ "Al Jazeera seeks to build global brand in sports". Reuters. 25 May 2012. 
  4. ^ english.alarabiya.net/en/media/television-and-radio/2013/12/31/Al-Jazeera-Sports-rebranded-beIN-SPORTS.html
  5. ^ "atpworldtour.com Profile". atpworldtour.com. ATP Tour, Inc. Retrieved 2011-12-01.  (English)
  6. ^ "itftennis.com Men's Circuit record". itftennis.com. ITF Licensing (UK) Ltd. Retrieved 2011-12-01.  (English)
  7. ^ "Qatari group takes control of Paris Saint-Germain". ESPNsoccernet. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "PSG: 'We want the new Messi'". Ligue 1. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jean-Claude Blanc Directeur Général Délégué". PSG.fr (in French). 7 October 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  10. ^ PSG.FR : Liste des présidents (French)
  11. ^ Tribalfootball - PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi admits they want 'iconic' Beckham (English)
  12. ^ "PSG aiming to bounce back after French Cup failure". Ligue 1. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "PSG snare Pastore". FIFA.com. 
  14. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Paris Saint-Germain complete €42m signing of Thiago Silva from AC Milan". Goal.com. 
  15. ^ "Official: Paris Saint-Germain confirm signing of Lucas Moura". http://goal.com. 
  16. ^ "Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi moves from Napoli to Paris St Germain". London: Guardian.co.uk. 2 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Cabaye joins Paris Saint-Germain from Newcastle". Goal.com. 
  18. ^ "Leonardo Announces PSG's Ibrahimovic signing". Goal.com. 
  19. ^ "Pescara, è ufficiale Verratti al Paris Saint Germain (Pescara, official the transfer of Verratti to PSG) Italian". ilmessaggero.it. 
  20. ^ "PSG secure signing of coveted Gameiro". FIFA.com. 
  21. ^ "Transferts : Thiago Motta a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers: Thiago Motta has signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  22. ^ "Transferts : Jérémy Ménez a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers: Jeremy Menez signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  23. ^ "Transferts : Momo Sissoko a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers : Momo Sissoko signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  24. ^ "Transferts : Blaise Matuidi a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers: Blaise Matuidi signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  25. ^ "Transferts : le Brésilien Alex a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers: the Brazilian Alex signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  26. ^ "Transferts : Milan Bisevac a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers: Milan Bisevac signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  27. ^ "Official: Maxwell Says Goodbye to FC Barcelona, Joins Paris Saint-Germain". BarcaBlaugranes.com. 
  28. ^ "Transferts : Transferts : Salvatore Sirigu a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers: Salvatore Sirigu signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  29. ^ "Transferts : Diego Lugano a signé au PSG (officiel) (Transfers: Diego Lugano has signed for PSG (Official)) French". PSGmag.net. 
  30. ^ « Entretien avec Nasser Al-Khelaïfi » (French)
  31. ^ PSG.FR : Al-Khelaïfi receives Sport Business award (English)

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