Sunday 18 February 2018

english earnings slip behind euro rivals

English clubs' earnings from the Champions League last season were dwarfed by those in Italy, Spain and Germany, UEFA's figures have revealed.

The four Premier League representatives – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City – earned between €35.5m (£30.5m) and €28.7m (£24.7m) each, almost half the income of top-earning club Juventus, who received a record €65m (£55.9m) in TV money and bonuses from UEFA.

For the last six years, the English clubs have been the biggest earners from the competition but a combination of factors led to the quartet slipping back in the earnings list last season.

The first factor was the relatively poor performance by English teams, with none in the quarter-finals and Chelsea and Manchester City failing even to make it out of the group phase.

Secondly, UEFA's latest TV deal with ITV and BSkyB saw no rise in its value, meaning no extra income for the English clubs. By contrast, in Italy the Champions League TV deal increased by around 35pc and in Spain by around 20pc.

Finally, the fact that only two Italian clubs qualified for the group phase meant there were fewer clubs to share their market share of TV money, while the German clubs' income was boosted by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both getting to the final – Bayern earned €55m (£47.3m) and Dortmund €54m (£46.4m).

Chelsea earned €30.5m (£26.2m), Manchester United €35.5m (£30.5m); Arsenal €31.5m (£27.1m) and Manchester City €28.7m (£24.7m).

Celtic's reward for their run to the knockout stages was income of €23.7m. (£20.4m) despite a drop in the value of the Scottish TV deal of around 13pc.

Liverpool, meanwhile, earned just over €5m for their Europa League endeavours.

Irish Independent

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