Money is the best player of football clubs nowadays. Clubs like Real Madrid and PSG spend hundreds of millions euros in the transfer windows. Rest of them struggle to stay put and make a difference. These clubs were ruined by it.
It was 2008 when Portsmouth lifted their last trophy. Many world famous footballers represented the club, such as David James, Kevin Prince Boateng and Glen Johnson.
Two seasons after the FA Cup triumph, everything started to go downhill for them. Triple relegation was a shame for Pompey which had to sell their players because of getting into financial problems. Today, this club led by fans, holds the mid-table in the fourth strongest English league.
Led by Jed Wallace and twice capped Englishman Nicky Shorey, it's going to take lots of great seasons if they even want to return where they were five years ago. Faith is always present among their fans.
Racing Santander was La Liga member for 10 years in a row. They've managed to end up relegated twice in last two season making this probably the worst football years ever in the club's history. Two months ago, Racing players refused to play the Cup match against Real Sociedad. The reason of it were several months of unpaid wages. What will happen to this club? We'll just have to wait and see.
Another Spanish club has the same problem. Real Oviedo got relegated in 2001, but this is not the point of this team's dropout, because every bad story develops a good one. Financial difficulties gathered fans all over the world to buy shares which prevented the club from falling apart. Players like Michu, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla who were a part of the team once, offered their money support to help the team. There are approximately 32000 owners of the club.
And that is, what football is all about. Not about money, but about happiness when you see your team play and there's no one happier than you out there.
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