(Original post by Colbert)
Not really, some good signings there and a decent mix of youth and experience. Certainly good enough to keep the team in the division this season and perhaps with an overhaul in the summer help push the team towards Europe next year.
What exactly are the rules regarding club ownership in Spain? Barcelona are owned in theory by it's members and elect a President who throws money into the team. How did this billionaire come to be involved with Malaga?
Malaga's fan were very excited at the start of the season (and rightly so) because Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, ploughed €36million into the club, clearing their debts that were lingering above their heads.
He also invested in new staff, as Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira took the hot-seat, while a new squad was needed as half the side that nearly took them down reported back to their parent clubs, having only been on loan. Their transfer record was broken when they signed Sebastian Fernandez, with €4m being splashed out on the Uruguayan forward, breaking Malaga’s transfer record. Salomon Rondon also arrived for €3.5m from Las Palmas to give the attack some real impetus.
They also gotformer Arsenal man Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Ruben Martinez, Kris Stadsgaard, Sandro Silva and Eliseu, with the majority costing seven figure sums. But at last Malaga were purchasing players outright instead of loaning them and the season ahead looked rosy.
They are still not doing great though, only two home wins and a poor return on the money spent. I suspect with more investment, solid ones at that because whilst the players they have signed are better than they ones they've had they are nothing special themselves.
Regarding the club ownership, it's not only Real Madrid and Barcelona that is 'fan-owned' (registered organisation) it also includes Athletic Bilbao, arguably the top 3 most traditional teams in Spain. To put it bluntly it means unlike a limited company you cannot buy shares in the club, only membership. The members of Barcelona, called socis, form an assembly of delegates which is the highest governing body of the club. They vote on who becomes a president and other important motions. Currently the club has around 170,000 socios I believe.