The Jakarta Post
Indonesia’s tobacco industry giant Djarum, through its vessel SENT Entertainment Ltd, has bought itself Italian third tier soccer club Como 1907. Through the club, Djarum, among others, intends to provide the club’s headquarters as shelter for the Garuda Select team that is slated to visit Italy in immediate future, as part of its training program on European soil.
“We have purchased it for not more than Rp 5 billion. Fulfilling the club’s obligation to its staff has been our top priority,” Mirwan Suwarso of Mola TV, one of Djarum’s subsidiaries, told journalists as quoted by kompas.com.
He acknowledged that the club was in bad shape right now. Footage taken from the presentation video shown by Mirwan on the club's condition has shown the broken ceilings at a corner of the club's stadium, which declared bankruptcy in 2017.
“We are going to renovate the entire building and return it to good condition,” Mirwan said.
He said the company also intended the stadium to function as a "home" for the Garuda Select team.
The Garuda Select team comprises young Indonesian players, with the first batch having been sent to England for training last year. This year’s batch has been slated to not only meet with England junior soccer teams but also their Italian counterparts.
“Garuda Select is set to face Como, Torino, Juventus and Inter Milan on their visit in January next year,” he said.