It's time for the European football season to start again as the Ibiza summer is in full swing, here's a fun blog about the similarities and blurred lines between two of my favourite topics.
Hï Ibiza: Manchester City
Rich owners who want overnight success and have spent serious money by signing the biggest names. High expectation on every level. Inherited home ground which has been fully reformed to a world class level with excellent neighbouring facilities. Lots of young fans that don't know any better
Es Paradis: Aston Villa
Once the best in Europe but have been on a slow decline for the last 25 years despite impressive home ground and support from a local area that craves success. Hampered by 2 clubs in the same vicinity and relies too heavily on local talent or veterans with no big name signings in the pipeline. Long way back to the top but not insurmountable with the right owners and investment.
Eden: Liverpool FC
Massive in the 80s. Former kings of Europe who have fallen down the pecking order but recent managerial change has people predicting success. Big local support especially amongst the working class. Future glory not too far away if recent major signings play to their potential.
Pacha: Manchester United
Proven pedigree since the 60s bringing with it a worldwide fan base. Could be accused of putting too much emphasis on merchandising and VIP seats although not afraid to flash the cash when a quality name becomes available. Were dominant until recent arrival of new money which has upped the competition. Wealthy owners will want to maximise their investment but will also be careful not to devalue the brand.
Ushuaïa: Chelsea FC
Mega-rich owners stay in the background and leave it to their bright young manager who plays to his strengths with his expensively assembled squad. Impressive home ground in a much sort after area with excellent facilities but pricey refreshments. Afternoon kick off specialists.
DC-10: Stoke City
Not the easiest ground to get to, right next to a busy main road. Doing it their way with no compromise and a no-nonsense manager who knows how to get his club firing on all cylinders. Only play twice a week as no real interest in mixing it with the European big boys. Some hard edged performances in front of a dedicated and loyal support. No massive names although the odd superstar can appear from time to time joining some young talent.
Lío: Arsenal FC
Talented young squad but eye-wateringly expensive to watch. Brand new home ground is a real wow and arguably the best venue in the area but can be uncomfortable for the traditionalists. Introduced new methods and changed the game in many ways but now others have copied so having to work harder to stay ahead. Older, wealthier crowd than their neighbours.
Privilege: FC Barcelona
Biggest Club in the world. Massive home ground but only full for the big occasions. Have brought through major talent over the years but some big names have failed to settle and have been moved on quickly. Big new signings most seasons but form can be up and down with the habit of relying on one major player.
Amnesia: Tottenham Hotspur
Vastly improved over the last 10 years, Varied squad with some big signings mixed with youth and the odd veteran. Known to take a punt and sign the odd prima donna but this home crowd love diversity and a drama. Knocking on the door to become the very best which was hard to believe a few years ago although they did achieve European success in the 80s which opened up the club to a whole new audience.
Sankeys: Leicester City
Finally mixing it with the big boys after years of mid table obscurity. One dimensional at times but plenty of heart and passion. Journeymen at other clubs seem to come alive in this arena although emerging superstars at risk of being stolen by moneybags big clubs. Inspirational leadership should ensure prolonged top flight status although a few blips can be expected.