The 2014-15 European soccer seasons were, for the most part, largely unsurprising. Barcelona, thought to be in a “crisis mode” as of a year ago, made their way back to the top of the Spanish La Liga. Juventus continued to apologetically reign over Serie A for yet another season, and that trend does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Jose Mourinho resumed his role as the “Special One” in helping guide Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League table. Oh yeah. Bayern Munich also hopped, skipped and jumped to yet another Bundesliga crown.
At the other end of the spectrum were the sides that found ways to let their supporters down at points during campaigns. That includes multiple Serie A clubs that failed to meet high expectations had for them as of last August, and also a couple of Premier League teams that were unable to make life too difficult for Chelsea in the month of May. Last but certainly not least are the Spanish giants that have, over the years, made history with money spent on transfer fees. Cash that was spent by the team did the club little good for the 2014-15 campaign.
10 Bayern Munich
9 Newcastle United
6 AC Milan
4 Manchester City
3 Borussia Dortmund
1 Real Madrid
One could purchase a Major League Soccer franchise with the transfer fees that you would fetch for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid also brought in James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Despite all of that talent, Real not only finished below rivals Barcelona in the La Liga table. What was the best club in the world as of last June ended the season trophyless. That one disappointing season resulted in manager Carlo Ancelotti being shown the door just a year after he was a Real hero. Rafa Benitez has now been brought in to save the day. What could possibly go wrong after that hire?
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