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Joan Laporta and FC Barcelona Documentary

Available on the BBC's iPlayer until 7th May 2010 (UK viewers only) is a 20 minute documentary from the BBC News series 'Our World' about FC Barcelona.

The finances of Real Madrid

There is one club that rivals Manchester United as a global brand and that is Real Madrid.  Even in England, football fans take sides in the rivalry between Real and Barcelona.  This Spanish blog (in English) has some interesting reflections on the financial situation at Real (and other matters).  The core message is that success breeds success and that applies to many sectors of business apart from football.   A brand can go through a rough patch (think Marks and Spencer

La Liga Strike Threat

The Spanish footballers' association (AFE) is deciding whether to go on strike next weekend over club debts and unpaid wages.   As it so happens, a table topping clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona is scheduled for Saturday.

Uefa pushes ahead with plans to curb spending

Uefa is pushing ahead with plans backed by their president Michel Platini to curb spending by clubs, forcing them to break even and spend only what they earn.  When implemented over a three-year period up to and including 2015, they should benefit French and German clubs but hit those in England and Spain.

Becks slips down football rich list

David Beckham has slipped to second place in football's rich list with estimated earnings of £27.3m.  His place is taken by Barcelona's Lionel Messi with earnings of £29.6m.    Five of the players in the top ten play for Spanish clubs, three for Barcelona and two for Real Madrid.  Two play for Italian clubs and two for English clubs: Manchester City's Carlos Tevez is 7th and Chelsea's Frank Lampard is 9th.  These figures, of course, refl

Spain wants to limit spending by clubs

Spanish football authorities are trying to bring about more restraint in spending by clubs.   The Spanish Football League is trying to introduce a self-regulated system that would limit spending on salaries, transfers and agents' fees to 70 per cent of revenue.  Uefa figures suggest that average club revenues in Spain were €72m in 2008, but their debt was €860m, much of it owed to the banks.

La Liga looks for foreign owners

At a time when the Premiership model is under wide criticism as badly flawed it is interesting that La Liga have decided to imitate it and try to obtain foreign investment in Spanish clubs.   Barcelona and Real Madrid are run as mutual organisations of fans, but they are able to sell their television rights individually.  Other Spanish clubs are thought to be living beyond their means.   Like many clubs in continental Europe, most of them they do not own their stadiums to use as collat

Spanish clubs top money league

Real Madrid remains the world’s largest revenue generating football club, for the fifth consecutive year, according to the latest Football Money League from business advisory firm Deloitte. Real also becomes the first team in any sport to record revenues in excess of €400m in a single year.

Futbol Club Barcelona

Traditional FC Barcelona shirt

Futbol Club Barcelona, or just 'Barça' to its fans, is based at the Camp Nou - capacity 98,000. Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English, and Catalan men led by Joan Gamper, the club has now become a Catalan institution. Founding members of La Liga in 1928 they have never been relegated from the Primera. As of September 2006, the number of socis (club members / owners) was 151,127, while in June 2006 the number of penyes (officially-registered supporter clubs) worldwide was 1,782.

Website: 
www.fcbarcelona.com

Real Club Deportivo Espanyol de Barcelona SAD

Traditional RCD Espanyol football shirt

Español are the 'other' club in Barcelona, the one without the sainthood complex. Espanyol currently play in the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics) but are looking to move into a new stadium for season 2009 in Cornellà-El Prat. The club was founded in 1900 by Ángel Rodríguez, a student at the Universitat de Barcelona and it was the first in Spain to be formed exclusively by Spanish fans of the game as opposed to expatriates.

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

Website: 
www.rcdespanyol.com