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Financial doping is shifting club football culture

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In the recent past the club football landscape has witnessed a shift in stasis in terms of supremacy and success as a result of massive financial injection.

This has called forth many questions with regards to the legitimacy of a fortune and the general tactical approach and mentality of a successful club.

Are psychology, consistency and fitness of any significance in a winning team or is it just a matter of recruiting the best players and win it all?

Traditional approaches of emotional affiliation and loyalty are slowly disintegrating and dissolving into a liberalised culture where financial supremacy and dominance has the last say.

Traditional orthodox footballing heavyweights who have stuck by their guns are sharply being eclipsed by the then deemed rookies. The notion that experience conquers all is slowly being phased out and contrary ideologies are emerging.

The most salient examples in the mainstream club football in Europe are Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea football clubs. Over the last decade these outfits have undergone remarkable transformations to become sensations in the soccer sphere. They have boomed in terms of stature, infrastructure and cosmopolitan fellowship. They have also experienced distinctive, lofty and trophy laden stints.

Consequently, traditional giants like Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais who have stuck with ancient models of prudence and modesty have acutely subsided to set arena for the new-sprung behemoths.

Petrodollar funding has bolstered critical dimensions of clubs like player emoluments, recruitment of best talents and revamping of their facilities.

Chelsea spent £664.7million, Manchester City £664.5million between 2000/2001 and 2010/2012, while Arsenal disposed £311million, Liverpool £355million and Manchester United £390million over the same period.

Since Sheikh Mansour took over the helm of Manchester City proprietorship in 2008, the club has moved from glory to glory. They have collected the FA Cup, the Community Shield and the Premier League in a resounding fashion after 44 years.

Currently they are in pole position to claim it for the second time in three seasons. Over the last half a decade the Citizens have poached the best talent from local rivals like Carlos Tevez, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure, Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry and Gael Clichy who have played instrumental roles in refurbishing City into a consummate item.

Also recent installments of Txiki Begiristain from Barcelona as the director of football and Ferran Soriano as the chief executive has brought into the City imperium a vast experience in handling the critical welfare of the club's stake holders.

The club has developed a sophisticated scouting system to hunt future football prospects which will secure a brighter future for the Manchester outfit. City are currently building the Etihad  Campus which is anticipated to be the most complex sports training facility in the world. This colossal financial injection has propelled City from being just miniature league participants to a perennial aggressive force in both English and European soccer.

Financial doping enhanced the ascension of Paris Saint-Germain to the helm of French football. Since Qatar Investment Company took over the reins at the Parc de Princes and the subsequent retooling, PSG have completely impaired the duopoly enjoyed by Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais in the previous decades.

Despite being the youngest club in France, having been founded in 1970, they are currently among the richest clubs in the world alongside Real Madrid Arsenal and Manchester United.

Recently they have been able to capture sensational flairs like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and Thiago Silva who have compounded miseries on their local rivals.

Chelsea perhaps have experienced the most remarkable modifications. Since Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich bought the club he has redefined the club's policies which as a result has changed the Blues from being a mere successful club to a winning team.

With a huge amount of cash at his disposal legendary figures like Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Claude Makelele and Fernando Torres have arrived at Stamford Bridge, and played their part in Chelsea's unprecedented Champions League triumph in Munich in 2012.

Apparently these outfits now look impervious than they were a decade ago. With these already permutations traditional heavyweights have been left to hang on to Financial Fair Play as they lack the edge to compete in the artificial market with others now resigned to perennial fourth and third placed finishes.

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