Should capital city football clubs rule the roost?

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With the exception of Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, should capital city clubs be doing better?

A capital is more than just a city in a country. Its original purpose, which stems from politics, was to represent the crossroad of government consultations and act as a tenor for the rest of the nation. Judging by its importance in embodying the country's character, does this mean that capital city football clubs should be the best?

Real Madrid are the prime example of why this perhaps should be the case. Largely untroubled until very recent history by any side in their vicinity, Real have dominated Spain and Europe on many occasions, and now boast their status as arguably the biggest club in world football.

Barcelona are exceptions to their power, frequently interrupting and even overshadowing their supremacy as a capital club. But the undisputed kings of Europe, with nine titles to their name, still thrive on being the pulse of the Spanish nation.

Until recently, Madrid were the only club who could claim they dominated their territory in and around the capital. Chelsea have arrived on the scene in the last ten years as the big guns of London, with the baton often being passed between themselves, Arsenal and even Tottenham Hotspur as the figurehead of the great city. Paris Saint-Germain, until their billionaire takeover, have also underperformed for such a gigantic European franchise.

Takeovers, productive ownership and money are three elements any club needs to have a chance at competing, and it is what all three of the above either have or have had at some stage. But there are so many that do not punch to their relevant weight.

Ajax have dropped from being the genuine threats of European football in recent times, Roma have some way to go to challenge the European elite and Cardiff City cannot even secure longevity in the Premier League. This all without mention of the likes of Prague, Berlin, Athens and Brussels.

Clearly, not every capital team can compete to the same level as others. Financing, politics, location, reputation and ethics all play a part in attracting the richest owners, the best players and a loyal fan-base. But should failing capital city teams have an excuse for not being the jewel in the crown of their nation?

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