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Chinese team to play in German league

China's Under 20 team is to be invited to compete in one of Germany's regional leagues.   Teams will be paid €15,000 compensation for each of the home games they play against the team.

This would seem to be further evidence of the march of globalisation in football.   It also reflects global power politics.   President Xi Jinping is to be in Berlin in early July when the scheme is to be presented to him.   

Premier League fatigue leads to Europe failure

According to a Financial Times analysis, the amount of money in the Premier League has increased its competitiveness, to the point that the top clubs have to devote so much energy to the domestic campaign they are too drained to take on Europe's leading clubs.

TV boosts football club values by €3bn

The combined worth of European football's leading clubs grew by about €3bn over the past year, boosted by the escalating value of broadcasting deals.   According to KPMG, the combined enterprise value of Europe's 32 richest sides was close to €30bn in 2016, a rise of 14 per cent from the previous year.

The list is dominated by Premier League clubs and is topped by Manchester United, which became the first club to be valued at more than €3bn.   Six other English clubs are among the 10 most valuable in Europe.

Leicester's owners buy Belgian club

Leicester City's owners, King Power, have reached agreement to buy OH Leuven, a Belgian second division team.

What the relationship will be with Leicester City is unclear, but it could serve as a feeder club given the number of high quality players Belgium has produced in recent years.   It could also be used to give experience to Leicester players.

United players would get £38m from final win

Manchester United's players will be £38m better off if they beat Ajax in the Europa League final next week. Under the club's unusual pay policy, automatic qualification for next season's Champions League would mean that United players would get a 25 per cent pay rise.   They would also receive a £1m bonus under the club's performance incentive scheme.

United do well out of Europa League

The Europa League is seen as very much a 'B' list competition in both financial and prestige terms, but Manchester United have done better out of it financially this season than they did from the Champions League last season.

Juventus look good in Serie A

Accounts for Serie A clubs for the 2015-16 season are now complete and Juventus come out on top on a number of criteria.   Data from the author of the Swiss Ramble blog.

Juventus had the highest revenues at €351m. more than €100m ahead of Roma on €234m.   The importance of Champions League success in television revenues is readily apparent.  Juventus and Roma reached the group stages and they received a total of €195m and €154m respectively.  Juventus had the highest wage bill at €221m, followed by Milan on €204m.

The financial rewards of the Champions League

Juventus will earn €115m if they win the Champions League (€98m up to now) while Real Madrid will earn €82m (€67m up to now).   Barcelona have earned €59m. These figures come from the author of the Swiss Ramble blog.

In the Premier League, Leicester City earned €78m through their progress to the quarter finals.  Arsenal earned €62m, indicating how much they stand to lose if they do not qualify this year.  Manchester City brought in €48m and Tottenham Hotspur €42m.

The rush to China

Barcelona is the latest European football club to invest in China on the back of President Xi Jinping's plans for a football revolution.  They have opened a €4m complex featuring a football school, Barcelona shop and fan zone on the island of Hainan.  They believe that revenues from China will be critical to Barcelona's target of generating €1bn of revenue by 2021, up from €679m in the 2015/16 season.

The Chinese derby

This weekend's game between AC Milan and Inter Milan was billed as the 'Chinese derby' with both clubs now having Chinese owners.  The lunchtime kick off was ideal for the Chinese market.

Inter's majority owner is a Chinese retailer with revenues in excess of £15bn..   The group has experience in football. owning Jiangsu Sining, runners up in the Chinese Super League last season.