A-LEAGUE side Brisbane Roar has become 'Australia's first professional club' after the Indonesian-based Bakri Group acquired sole ownership of the reigning champions.
The Bakrie Group has had a 70 per cent majority control of the club since September last year, but became outright owners after purchasing the the remaining share from Football Federation of Australia (FFA).
The completed takeover is seen as boost for both club and code, as the Roar join forces with a heavy hitter in the global football market-place.
"This is a significant step for the Hyundai A-League with the Brisbane Roar becoming the first Australian professional club with owners from Asia," Head of Hyundai A-League Lyall Gorman said.
"We can foresee many exciting opportunities ahead for the Roar and Australian football under this relationship with the Bakrie Group, which has extensive investments in football in Asia, Europe, South America and now Australia.
"Best of all the Bakrie Group is full of passionate football people, who will bring an injection of new ideas and insights to our national competition."
Bakrie Group's Aga Bakrie said the handover of complete power was the just the beginning of a new era for the Brisbane Roar.
"We are delighted to invest in a club with an excellent group of players, a great coach and support staff and passionate supporters. Our aim is to develop the Roar into Australia's biggest club and carry that success across Asia," Bakrie said.
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