When Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani became the new owner of the Malaga, back in 25th June 2010, it signaled the dawn of an exciting new project. A project that was supposed to eventually break the strangle hold of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the La Liga. The people at the club knew that this couldn't be attained in a single season; it would take patience and planning (for the future). What excited everyone most was the way the new owners went about executing this plan. They invested, but for the future. They made some shrewd deals in the transfer market, bringing in €150m worth of talents like Santi Cazorla, Isco, Joaquin and Toulalan, At times, when new owners come in they usually go on mindless spending streak, but Malaga were different. They were not after instant success, instead they wanted long-term success. Off the field they made some interesting signings as well. They signed Fernando Hierro as their director at the club.
The much anticipated match between England and France ended in a 1-1 draw. It was a match where both sides in reality were never out of their second gear. France had most of the possession, and most of the game was played in England's half of the pitch. France, despite their possession advantage, lacked enough penetration as England held their rigid shape.