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May 2012 - Two years have passed since Sheikh Abdullah Ben Nasser Al-Thani took over the ownership of Málaga Club de Fútbol.  Since that time there has been many changes within the structure and management of the club.  Sheikh Al-Thani has also invested some €150 million, bringing in new players like Santi Cazorla and Ruud Van Nistelrooy among others.  He also signed up Manuel Pellegrini who has steered the team into a major contender for a Champions League place.

Not just concerned with the sports performance, Sheikh Al-Thani also looked at the management and brought in experts to guide the club into the forefront of Spanish and European football.

People like Fernando Hierro and many others who work hard behind the public eye, to scout new talent and players who will be an asset for MCF's future.

The Sheikh has fulfilled his promise of improving the pitch at La Rosaleda and for the past 18 months the park has improved and is like a field of green velvet.  The stadium itself was painted and the interior has been redecorated to a standard befitting a Primera Division outfit.  The players also have a dedicated and specially liveried coach for transport and stay in better hotels.

Málaga Club de Fútbol's official website now not only has a dedicated section in English, but there are translations into Chinese and Arabic and on match days announcements can be heard in English.

The 5-year plan for the club to play in Europe looks like it could be accomplished in less time.  For that we will have to see how the team do in the next three games, the first of which is against Barcelona F.C this Wednesday 2nd May, 20.00 hrs Spanish time followed by Atlético de Madrid on Sunday, 21.00 hours and the final encounter is scheduled for Sunday 13th May against Sporting de Gijon.  However date and time for this last game has yet to be confirmed.

News source: Málaga CF, Marca, As, Diario SUR, Málaga Hoy, La Opinion de Málaga, Costa del Sol News

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