The fairytale rise of 5 lesser-known clubs in Europe
Football is now seen as the hub of commercial enrichment and entertainment. Footballers are celebrities and they personify the movement of the game away from the fans into a selected circle which is isolated from the day to day realities of the world.
The reality of sport and football is the beauty of emotion that it evokes. That is what attracts people to go in week after week and day after day and invest themselves in the performances and stories of their favourite side.
Some teams show grit to go ahead against all odds, others capitalise on the circumstances and make the most of it. Clubs face the same financial realities as any business and players operate on wages and the bigger the wage, the better the player. That is why transfer values and wages are so high in the top leagues.
However, the spirit of sports and humanity, passion and miracles all combine to produce some astonishing tales away from the tedious and dark realities of professional football. Here are five beautiful stories of clubs rising from obscurity with a little help from someone dear to them.
Bournemouth's story has been told many times over, with the English south coast club slowly becoming a part of the Premier League. In 2008, the club was on the brink of insolvency and was to be folded.
With a 17-point penalty and certainty that relegation from League 2 would mean the end, the club appointed player Eddie Howe as manager. The rest, as they say, is history. Howe led the team to promotion from League 2 a season later before leaving for Burnley. He returned to the club and took them up to the Championship and then the Premier League.
In six and half years, AFC Bournemouth had completed the journey from being almost out of business to the land of dreams- the Premier League. The remnants of their small origins are still for all to see because the club still plays at the comparatively tiny Dean Court with a capacity of 10000 fans.
Still neutral's favourites after three seasons because of their history and attractive style of football, Bournemouth are indeed living the dream in some style!