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French Ligue 1


United on track for title

Manchester United are on track to win the Barclays Premier League title.   That's not my view, but is the conclusion reached by the Professional Football Players Observatory (PFPO), a research organisation based in France and Switzerland.

Foreign TV rights key to Premiership success

The sale of foreign television rights is increasingly become a key element of the Premiership business model.   The sale of overseas television rights at £479m a year is almost four times as much as the foreign TV cash earned by its closest rival among Europe's top leagues, La Liga.  The Premier League earns more from foreign rights each year than La Liga earns from all its tv rights.

Borders are borders say Uefa

Uefa are known for their resistance to anything that looks like innovation, particularly across national borders.   Now they have rejected a plan for French 2nd division team Evian to play 35 kms.

Does losing Champions League status matter financially?

There has been a growing gap in English football between the top four clubs qualifying for the Champions League and the rest.   It is, of course, in large part a question of sporting prestige.  It has been reported that Roman Abramovich intends to hold an inquest at Chelsea into their failure to achieve Champions League status even if they win the double.   The race between Spurs and Manchester City for the fourth spot, only a qualifying one, was fierce.   But the financial rewards are also considerable, far outweighing winning the FA Cup.

Girondins de Bordeaux SA

Traditional Girondins de Bordeaux football shirt

Football Club Des Girondins de Bordeaux SA was founded in 1881, turning professional in 1937. The club plays its home-matches in the Stade Chaban Delmas (capacity: 34,327). As of 2009, major honours won by Girondins include 6 French Championships and 3 Coupes de France. The club has been an entire subsidiary company of the French television group M6 since 2001.

Turnover and pre-tax profit figures are in Euro millions.


Olympique Lyonnais S.A.

Traditional Lyonnais football shirt

The club was formed as Lyon Olympique Universitaire in 1899 but was only nationally established as a club in 1950. Olympique Lyonnais is owned by Rhône businessman Jean-Michel Aulas, who acquired the club in 1987. He serves as the founder and chief operating officer of CEGID (Compagnie Européenne de Gestion par l'Informatique Décentralisée). The club currently operates on the European Stock Exchange under the name OL Groupe, initialed OLG (completed IPO in February 2007).


Olympique de Marseille S.A.

Traditional Olympique de Marseille football shirt

'L'OM' was founded in 1899 and is the best-supported club in France. As of 2009, Marseille had been French champions eight times and had won the Coupe de France ten times. It remains the only French team to have won the Champions League (in 1994) but was mired in a match-fixing scandal (and associated financial irregularities) under club president Bernard Tapie that same year, when the club was stripped of its championship title (but not the Champions League title) and demoted to the second division, and has only partially recovered since.


Paris St. Germain Football Club | PSG

Traditional PSG football shirt

Paris St. Germain (frequently shortened to just PSG) is the pre-eminent football club in Paris. It was founded in 1970 via a merger of Paris FC (a pool of financial investors) and Stade Saint-Germain. After 20,000 subscriptions from individuals who wished to see an elite football club in Paris, a group of local businessmen, led by Guy Crescent, CEO of Calberson and Pierre-Étienne Guyot, Vice-president of RCF Paris, asked the directors of Stade Sangermanois to become part of their project.


France Football Club Attendances | Top 30 French Clubs by Spectators

Olympique de Marseille headed the list of top 30 French football clubs ranked by Average Attendance in 2008-09 - France Football Ligue Attendances - for domestic matches only. Paris Saint Germain were the second-best supported club and Olympique Lyonnais were third.

The top two tiers of professional football in France are run by the Ligue de Football Professionnel - Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Below that are a number of leagues run by the Fédération Française de Football. Level 3 is the semi-professional Championnat de France National.

Serie A The Fastest Growing League

Serie A was the fastest growing league in Europe in the 2007/8 season reveals the latest Deloitte Football Finance report. Total revenue increased by €357m (34 per cent) to €1.4 billion. The change of mix of clubs in Serie A for 2007/08, notably Juventus' return, contributed two-thirds of the increase. The other clubs increased revemues by c. €120m aided by new broadcasting contracts. La Liga recorded a 8 per cent (€112m) growth in revenue to €1.4 billion, placing it joint second with the Bundesliga which grew by 4 per cent (€59m).