Are Malaga in crisis?

Chris Winterburn

It has been just two years since it was announced that Andalusian outfit Malaga had followed in the footsteps of Premier League champions Manchester City by being taken over by a rich Qatari based consortium. Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani acquired the perennial relegation strugglers in Spain’s top flight in June 2010 and since then there has been wholesale change at the club with sizeable names such as Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Joaquin, Santi Cazorla and Julio Baptista agreeing to join the club. The takeover however was not to be a case of simply purchasing superstars in the hope they will automatically achieve success a la ‘The Harlem Globetrotters’ but it was to be much more a case of calculated and sensible spending with players being brought in who may not have necessarily been the most fashionable name but the ones most likely to do a job for the team for…

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