Red Bull To Give Villa Wings?

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Towards the end of November 2013 there were a few rumours circulating on social networking sites and forums suggesting that Aston Villa Football Club was set to be taken over by Red Bull. These rumours soon died down. On Monday night they suddenly returned to the forefront of Villa fans’ minds as Stan Collymore tweeted that he’d heard rumours of Red Bull buying the club.

Red Bull have bought two other football clubs and completely rebranded them both. They took over a football club for the first time in 2005 when they bought SV Austria Salzburg. Instantly, Red Bull made some drastic changes and basically turned the club into one big advertising campaign. They changed the ground’s name to ‘The Red Bull Arena’ and also changed the club’s name to ‘Red Bull Salzburg’. Along with this, they also gave the club a new crest which is essentially the Red Bull logo with the word ‘Salzburg’ at the bottom. They then also went on to change the club’s traditional colour of violet to red and white for their home kit and blue and yellow for the away one.

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When Red Bull took control of the club they released a very bold statement on the club’s website, which instantly caused controversy. The statement read: “This is a new club with no history”. They also stated that the club was founded in 2005, not 1933. The Austrian FA then stepped in and made them remove these claims from their official website.

Red Bull went on to take over another football club and this time it was a ‘franchise’ in the United States. In 2006, they bought the MLS club then known as the New York Metro Stars. It didn’t take long for history to repeat itself. The new owners went on to change the club’s name to ‘New York Red Bulls’ and presented the club’s new crest which was almost identical to Red Bull Salzburg’s, with the only difference being that this one read ‘New York’ at the bottom. They also changed the club’s colours from red and black stripes to a red and white home kit and a blue and yellow away one.

However, they had learnt one lesson from their previous takeover: they did not state that this was a new club and they have not tried to wipe out the club’s history prior to their takeover.

Red Bull are said to be worth around £5 billion. I for one wouldn’t mind their money. What I would mind, however, is losing the great traditions that surround Aston Villa Football Club and its fantastic history.

I want to remain an Aston Villa fan, not become a fan of the ‘Aston Red Bulls’. I want the team to continue to play home games at Villa Park, not at the ‘Red Bull Arena’. I want to see us play in claret and blue and I want our club crest to be a gold lion with a little white star next to it rather than two bulls both attempting to head a football in front of the sun.

Red Bull’s money? Yes, please. Everything else? No, thank you.

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  1. “Red Bull are said to be worth around £5 billion. I for one wouldn’t mind their money. What I would mind, however, is losing the great traditions that surround Aston Villa Football Club and its fantastic history.”

    If you lose it, it will be your fault.

    “I want to see us play in claret and blue and I want our club crest to be a gold lion with a little white star next to it rather than two bulls both attempting to head a football in front of the sun. ”

    How the young forget. Just a few years ago we didn’t have a cuddly lion and a star.

  2. we, the fans have little or no say. If Red Bull want to buy us, they will buy us. If they want to re-brand the club, they will re-brand the club. Football is a business and Aston Villa is a company in the business. Companies go through changes, like-wise so do football teams, take Hull and Cardiff for one. I believe the English FA will ban certain changes as there is a rule somewhere in the book whereas the owners cannot advertise for another company they own, something the man city owner got into trouble over. So although there may be changes if the take-over takes place, they may not be as dramatic as some people might think…I sure hope so anyways as I too will not be turning up to see Man U play Aston RedBulls.

  3. the valuation of Red Bull @ £5b might seem a lot but is it ? Randy has a couple of billion & he only has Villa, but Red Bull already have ?4 ?5 clubs + various other interests including a F1 racing team so how much or how little would Villa’s share be ?
    As for Stan’s tweet has he heard something new ? Or could it be that he was trying to generate interest in his radio phone in on a night when Villa had a big match @ home ? I suspect the later !

  4. Good background on Red Bull.
    Stan probably just heard the rumour as a result of this website though.
    We’d all love the money but really is selling your soul situation. Randy as villa’s appointed guardian would forbid it.

  5. The first thing that will go is Aston. Aston is not a place people know. If Villa were sold to them we would be Birmingham Red Bulls. No shadow of a doubt. I’d rather be a rubbish Aston Villa in League 1 than have my heart and soul ripped out. Nothing would make me want this ever.

  6. Adding to your your facts, SV Austria Salzburg was about to be declared bankrupt in 2005 and would have had to restart in the lowest amateur league, that’s when Red Bull stepped in, that way they stayed in the top divison. The renamed Red Bull Arena was only built for the European Championships a year before, so there was no history to the stadium.

  7. I would be happy with it. Randy had to share his wealth with his family hence the £700 mill. Rules in the league would stop a change in the name and doubt they would even try to change the name of an English club. The two teams they took over were not in the same situation as villa, one was nearly bankrupt and the other in a developing league in a county where football (soccer) is about 4th most popular. None of the other teams have had trouble being backed by red bull and the f1 team most certainly don’t. Bring it on

    • Chris, you are bang on with your comments. A change of name of a club of our stature and being in the premier league would prevent such moves. and as you say, as for the money, yes BRING IT ON !

  8. Red bull Salzburg record since takeover not bad

    Austrian Bundesliga

    Champions: 1993–94*, 1994–95*, 1996–97*, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12 [26]
    Austrian Cup

    Winners: 2012
    Runners-up: 1974*, 1980*, 1981*, 2000*

  9. New york red bulls record since 2006 takeover also not bad

    MLS Cup
    Runners-up (1): 2008
    Supporters’ Shield
    Winners (1): 2013
    MLS Eastern Conference
    Winners (Regular Season) (3): 2000, 2010, 2013
    MLS Western Conference
    Winners (Playoff) (1): 2008
    Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
    Runners-up (1): 2003
    Minor Trophies
    Atlantic Cup (4): 2003, 2010, 2011, 2013
    La Manga Cup (1): 2004
    Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic (1): 2010
    Emirates Cup (1): 2011

    • Wow! The 2010 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. Who presented the trophy? Mickey Mouse? Seriously though, I can’t see Villa winning anything ever again at the moment.

  10. Ah yes the unreliable Wiki ,can always be relied on , or not as the case might be !

    When Randy took over Villa he was quoted by reliable sources as being worth about £1b
    However figures from a reliable source recently quoted him as being worth something in the region of £2-3b ( I forget the actual figure) and that despite a hefty payout in divorce settlement fees

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