Malaga’s Journey from Champions League to Unavoidable Nightmare in a Decade

Malaga: From European Glory to Third Division Nightmares

Ten years ago, Malaga FC was the latest European football success story. Their rich new owner, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, had transformed the club’s fortunes, leading them to fourth and sixth-placed finishes in La Liga. In 2013, they were a few seconds away from a Champions League semi-final spot. But today, Malaga faces relegation to the Spanish third division, and their story serves as a cautionary tale. With Al-Thani’s dreams of creating a football superpower obstructed by Financial Fair Play rules, a failed project to redevelop a Marbella marina, and court rulings against him, Malaga’s fortunes have mirrored their owner’s. The team is now struggling with poor results and performances, numerous managerial changes, and chaotic squad planning. As they teeter on the brink of relegation, the appointment of a new sporting director and a potential change in ownership might offer a glimmer of hope for the future.

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