NHL star Roman Josi (left) and Bayern keeper Yann Sommer (right) have acquired a Swiss water source. © Imago Images / Larry MacDougal; Imago Images / RHR-Foto
Ice hockey star Roman Josi and Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer join forces and prevent China from buying a water source.
Adelboden – Goalkeeper Yann Sommer won the championship with FC Bayern Munich at the end of May, and the Swiss is currently on holiday. It is still questionable whether he will play for FCB again next season.
|Date and place of birth:||17 December 1988 in Morges (Switzerland)|
|Previous clubs in the professional sector:||FC Basel, FC Vaduz (loan), Grasshoppers Zurich (loan), Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Bayer Munich|
|Contract with FC Bayern until:||June 2025|
|Greatest successes:||4x Swiss Champion, 2x Swiss Cup Winner, 1x German Champion|
FC Bayern: Yann Sommer buys water source in Switzerland
What is a fact, however, is that together with several sports greats, Sommer has saved the water source in Adelboden from a possible takeover by China. The investor group also includes NHL star Roman Josi, ex-NHL player Mark Streit, wrestler Christian Stucki and Severin Lüthi, former coach of tennis icon Roger Federer.
For this purpose, Aqva Holding AG was founded by the sports greats, which is supplemented by experts from the business world. Sommer and Co. were encouraged to act as early as March, when reports of the takeover of the Swiss source "Mühlackern" by Chinese investors made the rounds.
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"We have read that investors from China are very interested in buying Swiss sources. That's one of the reasons why we wanted to set an example in Adelboden," Streit, who was born not far from Adelboden in the canton of Bern, is quoted as saying by Blick. It is not known at what price the Aqva Holding AG around Yann Sommer, whose club may have signed a Moroccan international, acquired the spring from the Adelboden light and water works.
"The topic of water is enormously important in sport, that's what unites us. The canton and the city of Bern are also my home, Adelboden even my hometown. It was very important to me to be able to participate there," Josi emphasizes in the press release on the takeover.
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According to Lionel Hofstetter, member of the AG's Board of Directors, the aim is to "strengthen the brand portfolio" with a focus on sustainability. The ecological footprint should be kept as small as possible. In addition, the company is already relying on 100 percent renewable energies and, since 2021, also on recycled PET.
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Moreover, the takeover of the Adelbodner spring may not have been the last. According to the press release, the aim is to strengthen its "presence in the beverage industry" and "promote domestic water".
Unlike Streit or Josi, Sommer does not come from Bern, his involvement in the acquisition of the springs came about through personal contact with the latter. "We met at an event a few years ago, and the chemistry between us was right from the start. And now I'm happy that we were able to win Yann for our commitment in Adelboden," Blick quotes the NHL defenseman. (masc)
Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian league continues to shop diligently and has reportedly also set its sights on a Bayern star.