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Nottingham Forest's rich history

Updated 1227 GMT (2027 HKT) July 13, 2012
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Nottingham Forest has become the latest English club to be bought by overseas investors following a takeover by Kuwait's Al-Hasawi family. Getty Images
The club's golden era began in 1978 when Forest won the English first division under the guidance of iconic manager Brian Clough, right, and his assistant Peter Taylor. Getty Images
A year later, Forest stunned the football world by winning the European Cup, eliminating two-time defending champions Liverpool before beating Sweden's Malmo in the final. Getty Images
Forest matched Liverpool's feat by winning Europe's top club tournament again in 1980, beating Hamburg 1-0 in the final in Madrid. Getty Images
However, apart from a domestic cup in 1990, that was the last major trophy that Forest won under Clough, whose reign ended after relegation from the new Premier League in 1993. Getty Images
Forest's "Robin Hood" mascot on parade during a third-division match in 2007. The club narrowly avoided a return to that tier last season amid continuing struggles on and off the pitch. Getty Images
Owner Nigel Doughty quit as chairman after his disastrous appointment of former England manager Steve McClaren last season, then put the club up for sale. He passed away in February 2012 aged 54 before the Al-Hasawi family agreed the takeover. Getty Images
Forest fans will hope the new owners have the same impact that Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has had at Manchester City, having won the Premier League title within four years of taking over. AFP/Getty Images
Middle East money has been flowing into European football, with Qatar's Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani plowing millions into French club Paris Saint-Germain. AFP/Getty Images
In 2010, Qatar won the race to host the 2022 World Cup, the first Middle Eastern country to do so. As well as France, it has also invested in the Spanish league. Getty Images