Dunfermline Athletic announced a surprise boardroom change earlier as DAFC Fussball GmbH investing in the Pars – but just who are the German-based group?
The four-man group have taken ownership 30% of the share capital of DAFC and retain an option to acquire a further 45.1%, by no later than 31 May 2022, with three of them taking seats on the Dunfermline board.
Thomas Meggle, Damir Keretic, Nick Teller and Dr. Albrecht Gundermann will also have the ability to purchase the company which owns East End Park, should they exercise their option to take their shareholding to 75%.
Coronavirus put paid to plans to initially buy the 75.1% outright but it still seems likely to happen in the near-future for the Fife club.
But just who are the men behind the Dunfermline’s new German power-brokers?
Meggle is a 45-year-old former player and manager who was last involved at St. Pauli here he served as manager then sporting director. His playing career included spells with 1860 Munich, Hansa Rostock and three stints at St. Pauli before hanging up his boots in 2010.
The German played over 300 games in his career before two stints as St. Pauli boss in 2012 and then 2014, being replaced by Ewald Lienen in 2014.
Meggle is still well-regarded by St. Pauli fans after his numerous spells at the club and it will be interesting to see if any close links are formed between Dunfermline and Hamburg’s ‘other’ club.
The Croatian-born 60-year-old is a former professional tennis player who represented West Germany in the 1980s and was once ranked number 58 in the world.
Keretić would go on to manage Martina Hingis and Tommy Haas following his retirement from playing in 1989, working for global management giants IMG.
Teller is a 61-year-old British financial expert based in Germany and serves as the Independent Member of the Supervisory Board of the Commerzbank AG and was previously Member of the Management Board Responsible for Corporates and Markets.
As well as his role with Commerzbank he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of E.R. Capital Holding GmbH&Cie and is based in Hamburg.
He was also previously Chairman-Supervisory Board of Deutsche Schiffsbank AG and Member-Management Board at Eurex Zürich AG and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham
Teller is also the honorary consul of Great Britain in Germany.
Dr. Albrecht Gundermann
Gundermann is listed as the managing director of European Mar GmbH – a company with expertise in Expertise comes from maritime and shipping companies, maritime law and shipping finance – as well as a board member for the European International Shipowners Association of Portugal.
The German has a degree in Law and studied at the University of Freiburg before becoming the Assistant to the President of Israeli High Court of Justice.
He also spent time working with Commerzbank at the turn of the century and is likely where his link to the consortium was originally formed.