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Bobby McMahon

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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for Forbes.com and Soccerly.com and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


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There Are A Lot More Racing Santanders Than Real Madrids And Barcelonas – Spain’s Financial Quagmire

Written by on February 2, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Posted in La Liga

Defending World Champions, European Champions in 2008 and 2012, success at the age-group level, Real Madrid and Barcelona continually top or near the top of the wealthiest clubs list and home grown players much sought after around the world – this is a Golden Age for Spanish soccer ……..or is it?

Last week there was a very public reminder that success has not brought benefit to all. Because for all the success achieved over the last 10 years or so Spain has an unsustainable system by which the top two teams – Real Madrid and Barcelona – siphon… to read more please click on the link.


4 Responses to “There Are A Lot More Racing Santanders Than Real Madrids And Barcelonas – Spain’s Financial Quagmire”

  1. Alberta Gooner says:

    Very insightful — thanks for sharing.

  2. John Bladen says:

    It is a sad state of affairs in Spain indeed. But if we look below the top flight leagues in any country, you’ll find clubs in similarly dire straits. I know of several lower league clubs who overspent to try and climb the ladder, then accumulated such massive debts that the only way out was to sell their ground for development.

    How do you rebuild a fanbase when you are playing away from your “home” city (sometimes far more than commuting distance away as well)?

    The PL does not believe it is it’s responsibility to support the football league clubs in any meaningful way (though Scudamore did offer an ‘exchange’ deal years ago that the FL was foolish to reject…). That’s fair enough, but long term, how will that work for English football as a whole?

    One can certainly say that it is the owners/managing directors fault that these poor business decisions have been made (spending more than you earn) by any club at any level. But it is very difficult to run a small club these days… and you wonder where the future of the game below the elite level will be – or if it will be – in 25 years time.

  3. Smiley says:

    Can’t Hair Model Beckham help…?

  4. Ed Gomes says:

    Bobby, we are all aware of the global economic state, but some futebol owners/presidents are all too blame for the dire straits their clubs may be in.
    Not too long ago, Spain had a president say how futebolers shouldn’t expect to be paid the outrageous contracts they’ve been given, When asked why offer the deals, he goes on to say it’s so they can guarantee the player to come. Once he’s there, it’s all up for negotiation.
    That’s crazy.
    Too many presidents/owners enrich their very own coffers while the club suffers. You never hear of a president not getting his check on time. They whine about the “Big” clubs, yet they run their own into the ground. And I don;t mean overpay to win. These guys pocket money and take advantage of so called economic burdens.

    I feel sorry for all players, and never the owner/president. You know what you bought and the risks.
    Abram knew what he needed to lose in order to become relevant. He knew the losses he had to take. For him it’s a toy. Nothing wrong with that.
    I’m not a Chelsea fan.

    Moyes still hasn’t resigned???

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