ZURICH, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Barcelona and Manchester United earned over 50 million euros ($72 million) each after reaching the Champions League final last season, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Tuesday.
Last season's 32 Champions League teams received a total of 754.1 million euros from a combination of performance-related payments and the television pool.
United were the biggest earners, with 53.20 million euros comprising more than 27 million for their performances and another 25.9 million from the television pool, UEFA said.
Despite winning the final 3-1, Barcelona's earnings were slightly less at 51 million euros, as their performance-related payments were 30.7 million but they collected only 20.3 million from television.
UEFA said other top earners were Chelsea (44.52 million), Schalke 04 (39.75 million), Real Madrid (39.28 million), Inter Milan (37.98 million), Bayern Munich (32.56 million) and Tottenham Hotspur (31.13 million).
UEFA added that money from the centralised television pool was distributed according to the value of the teams in their own national market.
All clubs were entitled to a minimum 7.2 million euros from the group stage.
Further performance bonuses and participation fees were awarded in each of the knockout stages.
Has that been factored in to this year's finances?
you can see why big clubs what a super league, 50m euros is a lot of money, but it should be so much more. the champions league, isn't being properly monetized.
The second leg of the Supercopa of Spain against Real Madrid and the Joan Gamper Trophy have raised 9 million euros
Sport claims that Barca will end this season with a 40 million profit. Apparently the club saved a lot on bonuses (no Liga and CL titles).
FC Barcelona’s economic vice-president Javier Faus maintained the club must take a prudent approach in the face of Spain’s economic crisis, despite signing off on record profits of Eur48.8 million for the 2011-12 season.
Friday’s figures mark a significant achievement for the Primera Division giant, which had targeted a return to profit following losses of Eur9.3 million and Eur83 million in the previous two seasons. Speaking during his end-of-year financial report, Faus revealed Barcelona increased its revenues by Eur21.5 million to Eur494.9 million and cut its expenditure by Eur31.5 million to Eur441.1 million. In terms of costs, the club reduced its spending by 6.6% from the previous year. Faus stated that this change is mainly due to Barcelona failing to win the league title and therefore avoiding having to pay Eur12 million in bonuses to its players. However, he noted: “If we had won the Liga the overall surplus would have been Eur36 million and it still would have been the best end-of-year figure in the history of the club. It’s not true that Barça saved itself Eur50 million for not winning the Liga.”
Faus said that revenues increased by 11%, noting in particular “spectacular” ticket sales that allowed the club to post record ticketing income of Eur50 million. However, the vice-president admitted that media revenue, specifically television rights, “has topped out and we don’t expect an increase in the next five years.” Barcelona’s total debt, which once stood at Eur420 million two years ago, has been reduced to Eur335 million with Faus stating that the club “needs to be cautious” if it wants to take on “ambitious future projects”.
Speaking at his end-of-year address last month, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell announced that planned renovations at the Nou Camp stadium had been put on hold despite the then projected record financial results. Rosell insisted that a revamp of the world-famous Nou Camp would not be able to happen until the club’s debt is further reduced. Last September, Barcelona announced plans to add 10,000 seats and install new VIP boxes at the Nou Camp, which currently has a capacity of 90,000, and also remodel the area surrounding the stadium (Espai Barca) and build a new arena (Palau Blaugrana) for the club’s basketball team. Amid Spain’s economic crisis, Faus on Friday maintained that Barcelona “reduce the debt to sustainable levels” and, above all, “not take on more debt.” He added: “We have to prepare for what could happen in the near future and have stronger assets. For ambitious real-estate projects we need a healthy balance sheet.”
Stop wasting money on overrated/unproven players and know how to evaluate players properly. That's for sure one way of reducing debt.
Neymar for anything more than 30M is ridiculous. Already 30M is too much for a player who never played in UEFA clubs. Not to mention he's Pele's favorite and you know what happens to players Pele praises.
Also open up the membership to a wider crowd. I'm not saying diminish the meaning of being a Socio - this is a status only reserved who have dedicated themselves to the club and not everyone deserves it. This will generate more revenues and for the club, even a little.
“You have to understand that Barcelona is a nation without a state, and Barça is its army.” -Sir Bobby Robson
Was a bit surprised with the fact that since Pep took over, Barca were only outspent by Chelsea, Madrid and City.
And this is a team that plays with 6-7 homegrowns all the time, mind you. Makes you think.
And our most expansive signings tend to be worst thant what we expect about them. And at the end we still believing in our youth system.
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