Soccer-UAE League struggles despite riches splashed abroad (Reuters)

By Matt Smith DUBAI, July 16 (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi’s investment in Manchester City and other European clubs tops one billion pounds ($1.5 billion) but most clubs in the United Arab Emirates’ domestic league play in near-empty stadiums and often rely on government largesse to survive. The local game has big ambitions yet little chance of realising them due to the country’s small population which is apathetic about domestic teams. Emiratis are hugely proud of Manchester City’s Premier League and FA Cup successes since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi bought the club in 2008. …

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