RIP Markus Liebherr: The Man That Saved Southampton


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. David Howell says:

    It’s chastening to think that there could easily have been no professional football in South Hampshire, an urban sprawl with a population approaching one million, had there been even the slightest of changes in the circumstances of both Southampton and Portsmouth.

    Horrible day for the city I once called home.

  2. Martin says:


    Now we may never find out just why he bought Southampton in the first place.

    What will happen to the club now that it’s backer is no longer with us?

  3. Rob says:

    One important thing that Neil omits in the piece, is that, in an era where clubs in administration leave creditors with as little as 1p in the pound, Markus Liebherr stepped in and paid Southampton’s debts the old fashioned way, when he acquired the club – in full.

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