Hapeol Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Hapoel Jerusalem website)
Just when we thought we had heard the last of Guma Aguiar, the colorful American
businessman made a stunning return to Israeli sports on Sunday when he was
announced as the new owner of Hapoel Jerusalem basketball club.
34-year-old first came to Hapoel’s rescue in August 2009 when he gave the
cashstrapped club $1.5 million, a month after transferring Betar Jerusalem $4
However, he would exit Israeli sports in remarkable fashion at
the start of last year after he was forcibly admitted to the Abarbanel
Psychiatric Hospital following a mental breakdown.
In February, Hapoel
chairman Danny Klein announced that the millionaire had agreed to transfer the
club one million dollars a year.
But Aguiar’s involvement took a dramatic
step forward on Sunday when Klein declared that he now owns a 60 percent stake
of the club after agreeing to transfer it $1.75 million in each of the next
“The directorate has voted in favor of making Aguiar the
majority share owner,” Klein said.
“We are very proud to have Guma as an
owner. We have been given all the assurances we wanted and we are delighted by