Sunday 24 September 2017

Sligo Rovers the only Irish side to benefit financially from Euro 2016

Sander Puri, Sligo Rovers, in action against Ger O'Brien, St Patrick's Athletic in 2015
Sander Puri, Sligo Rovers, in action against Ger O'Brien, St Patrick's Athletic in 2015

UEFA has shared a record £32.8million of revenue from Euro 2016 with Sligo Rovers the sole beneficiary from Ireland.

The money is a result of a deal between the governing body and the European Club Association to share the proceeds of international football with the teams who supply the talent.

In total, €150 million (£128million) was distributed between 641 European clubs from 54 national associations, with one third of that set aside for clubs who released players for the qualifiers and two thirds for those who sent players to last summer's tournament in France.

Ireland's only recipients were Sligo Rovers, with a payment of €16,706 (£14,265) while Linfield Town were the only beneficiary in Northern Ireland, getting more than £50,000.

Sligo received the money because Estonian international Sander Puri played for club for one year after signing on February 1, 2015.

Serie A side Juventus earned the biggest cheque of almost £3million, with Liverpool second at approximately £2.9million and Spurs edging Manchester United into third place with sums close to £2.6million. Arsenal were seventh in the list and Southampton 10th.

English clubs took by far the biggest share of the £128million pay-out, with Bradford, Cheltenham, Rochdale and Swindon all receiving payments of more than £3,000, and Farsley Celtic of the Evo-Stik League First Division North getting almost £22,000 for contributing former striker Adam Priestley to Gibraltar's first campaign.

It was an ultimately unsuccessful tournament on the pitch for English football, however, with Roy Hodgson's national team knocked out in the last 16 by Iceland.

German clubs were the second biggest earners but took less than the half the amount English sides received, sharing £15.8million. Italian clubs were given £13.5million and Spanish teams £8.9million.

Celtic, unsurprisingly, led the way in Scotland, earning almost £400,000, with 10 other clubs also receiving payments. Swansea were the big winners in Wales with more than £1.1million but there were welcome payments also for Cardiff and the Welsh Premier League's Bala Town.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: "I am very pleased to see that we are able to provide financial benefits to so many clubs of all profiles and sizes in order to reward their contribution to Euro 2016. By sharing revenues from a highly successful European Championships we continue to support football development in all our member associations."

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the ECA, said: "Clubs are investing substantial resources in the development of players, who contribute to the sporting and financial success of national team football. Therefore, it is important and fair to recognise and reward the clubs for the release of their players."

The next edition of the Euros in 2020 will see clubs share 200 million euros (£171million).

Top 10 beneficiaries of Euro 2016 revenue (using euro to sterling exchange rate on 2/2/17):

1 Juventus - £2.99million

2 Liverpool - £2.91million

3 Tottenham - £2.63million

4 Manchester United - £2.58million

5 Bayern Munich - £2.49million

6 Real Madrid - £2.17million

7 Arsenal - £2.11million

8 Barcelona - £2.02million

9 Roma - £1.83million

10 Southampton - £1.8million

Additional reporting from PA

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