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Almost a year after Lőrinc Mészáros resigned from the supervisory board of the company that had held Osijek’s soccer team, and then sold his stake in the company, the company’s supervisory board was expanded with new members. Of course, it would be nothing interesting in itself, but one of the new members is clearly a senior official in several companies, and another has a position in one of the construction companies of Lőrinc Mészáros. Meanwhile, the name Mészáros also appears in the company report in reference to the ownership structure, which is only officially the sponsor.
Strange sale of a company
As we reported last summer, Lőrinc Mészáros actually had to part ways with NK Osijek due to Felcsút’s football success. According to UEFA rules, two teams with the same decisive person or organization cannot start the international tournaments they organize. So the person who can have an effect on the outcome of the possible match between the two teams. Lőrinc Mészáros could have been as well, since he was the chairman of the board of trustees of the foundation, which owned the Felcsút team, and owner of the Osijek Group.
That’s why the billionaire decided to bypass NK Osijek
The team has not strayed far from it, and it is not possible to ascertain who the new owner actually is.
The stake was purchased by a private equity fund, and one of the most important features of these institutions is that it is not possible to know who is behind them. Although there is always a fund manager and it is possible to identify individuals, it is often ambiguous that he actually owns the assets of the enterprise. In any case, it was not difficult to find a connection to Lőrinc Mészáros in the private equity fund who had a stake in the team.
Moreover, a few months later, the only Croatian owner of Usic was bought by another capital fund with a similar background. Thus, by the fall of 2020, the team became wholly Hungarian owned: in addition to the two Hungarian capital funds, László Mészáros’ permanent trading partner, László Siirjj, also remained a shareholder.
However, the hardworking billionaire officially disappeared from the monarchy. So it was interesting that he was mentioned as a contributor on NK Osijek’s website even in winter. Then, in the Mészáros group, when they asked our newspaper, they said a mistake had been made, Lőrinc Mészáros is only associated with NK Osijek as the main sponsor.
Everywhere we find Mészáros Lőrinc
Now, however, two people have joined the supervisory board of NK Osijek, who, at other points, are also connected with the billionaire corporation’s empire. One of them is Gábor Deák, who was previously the managing director of R-Kord Kft. , one of the flagship companies of the Mészáros Group, in two other construction companies of the group, Záév, and remains a member of the Board of Directors.
Another new FB member, Josef Polyak, who is also a member of Záév’s board of directors, right, he’s considered László Szjj’s man. On the one hand, like Strab, and Tszakichki, and even earlier Fidesz . colors Deputy Mayor On the other hand, he also holds positions in other interests of the local billionaire.
Of course, the empire of László Siirj and Lőrinc Mészáros now touches on so many points that new appointments can even be linked to Szjj, who is still the owner.
However, this is not the only recent sign that Lőrinc Mészáros continues to exercise strong control over the Croatian football team.
The annual report of the group maintenance company, published in the spring of 2021, details some of the transactions that took place between the company and the so-called related parties, that is, companies and other individuals associated with ownership. Shown here is the name Mészáros és Mészáros Kft. (M&M) to Lőrinc Mészáros. According to the annual report, the team’s operator generated revenue of approximately 7 million kuna (about 330 million forints at the current exchange rate) from M&M, of which they also have a claim for 670 thousand kuna. Lőrinc Mészáros owes 200,000 kuna.
In addition, the report also explained why the billionaire and perhaps the most important company in his corporate empire is included in this section.
According to the document, because Mészáros és Mészáros Kft. in the ownership structure.
The butcher group was asked exactly what the billionaire’s hard-earned role in Osijek now would be, if he became an owner, when, how and why. About the group contact section, our newspaper wrote:
Mészáros és Mészáros Kft. NK OS doo is not directly or indirectly owned by NK OS doo, the company that operates Osijek Football Club.
In other words, it appears that just as in the fall it appeared in writing on the club’s website, there may be some errors in the report now.
budget is getting bigger
In any case, NK Osijek has had no reason to complain since Mészáros joined the team in early 2016. Last year, the budget already exceeded 110 million kuna (5.3 billion forints), which is more than three times the 2016 level and almost ten times the level usual at the beginning of 2010.
The jump in team revenue is not independent of the arrival of new sponsors, which in turn came largely from Hungarian builders that bought into Hungarian public procurement. We previously wrote about the fact that the team still has more than a dozen supporters from this sector, and these companies alone or together have won a total of HUF 1,100 billion in state orders in Hungary over the past three and a half years.
NK Osijek received 64 million kuna from its sponsors last year, but it appears that the model based on player sales, which was supposed to be Mészárosék’s target through stock acquisitions, has already started last season. In the previous working year, the team earned nearly 40 million kuna in such player transfers.
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