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'Caps co-owner Steve Nash buys stake in Spanish club Real Mallorca

Steve Nash is already a co-owner of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

And now, he’s taking his love for soccer across the Atlantic.

The former NBA star is part of a group that purchased a controlling share of Spanish club Real Mallorca on Monday. Currently in the Spanish second division, Mallorca played in La Liga for 16 straight seasons before getting relegated in 2013.

The ‘Caps already had a small connection to the club. WFC2 winger Victor Blasco, a native of Mallorca, was scouted by WFC2 head coach Alan Koch while playing for the club’s reserve team.

Although Nash made a name for himself in basketball, playing over 1,000 games in the NBA and earning accolades as an eight-time league all-star and two-time MVP, he’s also a lifelong soccer player and fan.

Earlier this year, Nash took part in a training session with Whitecaps FC – not the first time he’s done so. And last offseason, he took Kekuta Manneh under his wing in LA as part of the youngster’s training offseason training program before spending some time with Matias Laba in Argentina.

Soccer just runs in the Nash family.  

His younger brother Martin played for Vancouver during the USL days, winning two championships and captaining the team for two years. And their father, John, played professionally in South Africa before the family settled in Victoria.

John was actually born in the Tottenham district of London. Not surprisingly, Steve has always been a supporter of English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

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