5 Ligue 1 Clubs That Could Flourish with Financial Backing

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5 Ligue  1 Clubs That Could Flourish with Financial Backing
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Paris Saint-Germain have dominated Ligue 1 since the takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority in 2011 and appear set to win the French title for a second successive season.

Meanwhile, with the backing of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco have gone from Ligue 2 also-rans to championship contenders in less than two years.

Both of those teams have benefited from significant investment, although that is not to say that all clubs should seek the attentions of wealthy benefactors.

Indeed, a number of clubs prefer to grow organically with the development of promising young talents and have continued to compete in the higher reaches of the Ligue 1 table despite a lack of spending.

But which Ligue 1 clubs could become potential European powerhouses with some financial backing?

Here I take a look at five clubs in France that have the fanbase, the stadium and the history to be able to replicate the achievements of PSG and Monaco should they receive the support of a wealthy investor.

 

Note: Attendance statistics courtesy of Soccerway.

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