Α New Chapter in European Football
Football is one of the abiding passions in Evangelos' life. Growing up in Greece and England, as he did, it was inevitable that he took a keen interest in those countries' love of the world's game.
On May 18, 2017, this culminated in the acquisition of Nottingham Forest FC. Founded in 1865, it is one of the oldest and most historic football clubs in the U.K. This acquisition was sanctioned by the English Football League ("EFL") after a detailed review of the strategy and plan to restore the Club to its former glory.
Currently in the Championship, Nottingham Forest were once known throughout the football world for winning the English League for the season 1977-78, followed immediately by two consecutive European Cups in 1979 and 1980, and they did this by playing attractive, passing football and surprising the likes of Liverpool, Ajax and Hamburg in the process.
Restoring Nottingham Forest to the top of English football is not easy but, as with all his other enterprises, Evangelos is approaching it with a long-term plan allied to a professional Management Team. An essential component of their plan is a recognition of Nottingham Forest's heritage and a desire to strengthen the Club's links with its Supporters and all aspects of the local community.
Evangelos' personal credo of determination, a will to win and a preparedness for hard work will all be vital.
The New City Ground
In February 2019 Evangelos announced exciting plans to redevelop The City Ground. Nottingham Forest have called The City Ground their home for the last 120 years and the iconic position of the stadium on the banks of the River Trent has become a true symbol for the City of Nottingham. Evangelos has embraced this culture by revealing exciting plans to redevelop the stadium and surrounding areas. This project will not only see The City Ground become the largest stadium in the East Midlands but will also offer world class facilities and hospitality. Most importantly however for the supporters is the fact that they will remain at their home and not relocate to an alternative site, a move away was never considered by Evangelos.
Impact on the City of Nottingham
Since acquiring the club in 2017 Evangelos has made an immediate impact on the City of Nottingham by reaching out to the wider community with aid and support. He has made substantial financial contributions to Nottingham Forest Community Trust, the woman’s team and local homeless charity Framework. In 2018, Evangelos helped stage a sleepout event at the stadium which saw the charity raise over 50k in funds - a record for the charity. In addition to this he has also pledged his support to helping the people of the City with his involvement with the local food bank charity 'Hope' by hosting food bank collection on matchdays.
It is not only the local community that has embraced Evangelos, the supporters of the club have also shown their appreciation by turning out in record numbers. In response to lowering prices for the 2018-19 season the club has seen all-time record season card numbers and record attendances. Those numbers look set to increase further with record sale rates for the 2019-20 season.