The secret practices of one of European football's biggest investment funds

By Yann Philippin, Michaël Hajdenberg et Michel Henry

Doyen Sports Investment, one of the biggest investment funds in European football which operates out of offices in London, paid 10.8 million euros in secret commissions during the club transfers of numerous players, including French internatioanls Geoffrey Kondogbia and Eliaquim Mangala. Documents obtained by the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) journalistic collective, in which Mediapart is a partner, lift the lid on the startling methods employed by Doyen Sports and its director Nelio Lucas.

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On January 20th 2014, Nelio Lucas celebrated his 35th birthday in lavish manner. Close to his offices in central London, in a former 19th-century church in the plush area of Mayfair, Lucas hosted 118 guests in evening dress for a dinner and dance party that lasted into the early hours. The cost of the evening came to 195,000 euros, which he settled from his account in Lichtenstein.