SAINTS remain the crown jewel in the Sport Republic crown as we approach two years of ownership under the London-based investment firm. 

However, they are not the only club in Europe competing to get back into their country's top division owned by Sport Republic. 

Historic Turkish outfit Goztepe became the second club added to the portfolio in August 2022 before the acquisition of French side Valenciennes in July 2023. 

Their portfolio is likely to expand further in the future, while they have also taken steps to bring operations under the Sport Republic banner closer together in areas such as scouting. 

With Saints firmly among the Championship's best, here is how Southampton's sister clubs are faring under Sport Republic this season... 


Turkish second division: Fourth.

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Top scorer: Kenneth Mama (Nigeria) - four. 

Last finish (2022-23): Seventh. 

Despite failing to win any of their first three matches, following a 1-1 draw in the first-ever friendly with Saints, Goztepe look like real promotion contenders. 

Managed by former Bulgarian international Stanimir Stoilov, they have won eight of the last 11 league fixtures, losing just twice, despite scoring only 18 goals all campaign. 

Saints loanee Mat Lis has played every minute of their season so far, keeping an impressive nine clean sheets in the Goz Goz net. 

Goztepe, who play their home games at Gursel Aksel Stadium, saw a complete makeover of their squad during the summer transfer window.

Including free transfers and loans, 18 players joined. A similar number departed with the most significant being goalkeeper İrfan Can Eğribayat, who signed for giants Fenerbache. 

Rasmus Ankersen, Sport Republic's co-founder behind the appointment of Nathan Jones and recruitment in the subsequent January window, was named Goztepe chairman this summer. 

Although they are only three points behind automatic promotion with 20 more games to play, finishing third to seventh will also see Goztepe enter a playoff.

Goztepe most recently progressed to the fifth round of the Turkish Cup with a 3-0 win over lower-league 1461 FK Trabzon on Wednesday, December 6. 


French second division: 20th.

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Top scorer: Boutoutaou Aymen (Algeria) - three.

Last finish (2022-23): 14th. 

Sport Republic's newest club, Valenciennes, is having a less promising time and currently sit bottom of Ligue 2, facing the prospect of relegation. 

Having finished only a few places clear of the drop last campaign, the immediate expectations for Valenciennes were considerably lower. 

Sport Republic's Henrik Kraft, who is chairman of Saints, is also named as chairman of Valenciennes. 

They kept three clean sheets and won five points in their first five matches of the season, in August, but have yet to record another victory since. 

Scoring 0.59 goals a game is their principal problem and a key reason why they have been unable to convert more of their eight draws into wins. 

Hiring new manager Jorge Maciel, formerly assistant at recent league-winners Lille, in the summer, Valenciennes also made 15 player additions. 

One of those was former England youth defender Taylor Moore, on a free transfer from Bristol City, and Al Hilal's winger Makabi Lilepo for a reported £400,000. 

Mohammed Keba, a 22 year old French centre-midfielder, was sold to Serie A side Lecce for a reported £2.5million.

With 21 matches still to play, Valenciennes' fate is not sealed but they must make improvement or their immediate future will see them compete in the French National division.