Money can buy you love, but not success
When the Qatari Sports Investments (QSI) took over the majority shares in Paris Saint Germain in 2011 and then bought the remaining shareholders out the following year, the men behind the financial muscle said that they were looking for international success

But four years later the Qataris have had to realise that international success is not something that comes easily, even if you throw big money at some of the world's best players and lure them to the French capital.

Domestically, Les Rouge-et-Bleu (The Red and Blue) have delivered: They are just about to win their third Ligue 1 title in a row and a cup final against Ligue 2 side Auxerre leaves the door wide open to their first-ever double.

But in the Champions League the club has fallen short of expectations – losing out at the quarter-final stage the last three years.
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On Thursday night, the Qataris finally had their European Cup final – albeit in the UEFA Women's Champions League, but again they had to realise that money simply can't buy success as modest German Bundesliga club FFC Frankfurt, won 2-1 in the final played in Berlin.

Celia Sasic gave the Germans the lead on the half hour, but five minutes from the break Marie-Laure Delie equalised. With the game heading into extra-time, substitute Mandy Islacker gave the Germans their fourth European title and left the Qatar-owned French club short – yet again.

What makes the defeat even more painful, is that QSI has invested heavily not only in the men's club (signing players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani), they have also pumped money into the women's side on a scale previously unseen in the women's game.

US player Lindsey Horan, who was signed without having played professionally in the US, is said to be on a six-figure contract, while German international Linda Bresonik is said to have become the highest paid women's player when she joined the big spending club in 2012.

PSG captain Sabrina Delannoy, told journalists ahead of the final that the change that has occurred at the club since QSI took it over has been huge. "I thought we would have a bit more resources with foreign players beefing up the group but I did not expect a revolution .. I did not expect what was going to happen."

What happened is that Delannoy, and her team-mates, are suddenly playing under professional conditions. They have the back-up of a huge staff, they stay in fancy hotels and they travel abroad for training camps, as they did when they went to Qatar to prepare for the Champions League final.

The huge investment has also brought them a somewhat bigger fan base, with many of them making the way to Berlin for the final.

But there they were disappointed, as a club with much more modest means and whose entire budget is presumably less than half of PSG's salary bill, showed them that money is not a guarantee for success.

Frankfurt manager Siegfried Dietrich said at the pre-match press conference that two world were colliding in the game. “We are a pure women's football club with barely 400 members. Paris Saint-Germain is a world famous club with a lot of big sponsors. The club tried over the last couple of years to get to the final of the Champions League, now they achieved it.

“The future of women's football will take either this way or the other. So the game is very important for us and for women's football.”

If Dietrich's words were true, there will be many who are happy that David triumphed over Goliath, that football passion defeated the big spenders and that money, whilst possibly buying love, can not buy success.