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Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic

Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic
Charlton manager Alan Pardew will be hoping for a major investment so he can strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.\n

Charlton currently languish in the bottom half of the Championship. (Getty Images)
Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic
Mohammed Ali Al Hashimi, is the executive chairman, Zabeel Investments.\n

A renowned Islamic finance expert, Al Hashimi founded Zabeel Investments in February 2006 and has been responsible for its rapid strategic expansion. \n

As a member of the Young Arab Leaders organisation, he believes in youth empowerment and education, particularly early childhood development. \n

He was named as one of 2008's Young Global Leaders, recognising his professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the world’s future.
Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic
Surprisingly, one of Charlton Athletic's biggest fans is Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg.\n

In a recent interview, he explained his support of the London club. "It goes way back, it started with my father's father. He was a big fan of Charlton and took my father to quite a few matches when they played some exhibition games here in Sweden," he said.\n

"So then I grew up with my father, he was a big Charlton man. He would talk about them all day, he had the flags and everything, so then I started to be a Charlton fan, too, and even today I'm a huge Charlton fan. I follow them all over, it doesn't matter where I am in the world, I always check out on the weekends if they're playing, if they win or lose - I hope the best for them." (Getty Images)
Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic
Nicky Bailey of Charlton Athletic celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the Coca Cola Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town at The Valley on October 4. (Getty Images)
Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic
One of Charlton Athletic's most famous players of recent times, Matt Holland, who has also played international football with the Republic of Ireland. (Getty Images)
Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic
One of Charlton's star players, Darren Ambrose, seen here battling for the ball with Alan Quinn of Ipswich Town during the Coca Cola Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town at The Valley on October 4. (Getty Images)
Gulf investors bid for Charlton Athletic
A view of Charlton Athletic's stadium, The Valley.