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Barca, Madrid prosper but Spanish league falters
Spanish soccer prospers with Barcelona and Madrid but league is crippled by debt, bankruptcy
By The Associated Press

MADRID (AP) ' One year after Spain celebrated its World Cup triumph, its national soccer league is beset by debt, mismanagement and bankruptcies.

Twenty-two Spanish league clubs have gone into bankruptcy protection since lower-league team Las Palmas started the trend in 2004. On Friday, Racing Santander became the sixth insolvent club in this season's 20-team top division, which opens Aug. 21.

The Associated Press spoke with several club directors, financial experts and soccer figures. They agreed on a number of factors that have led to this trouble: large transfer fees, inflated players salaries, ego-driven owners with little fiscal responsibility and a clear divide in the distribution of television money.




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