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Top 30 German Bundesliga Football Clubs by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top thirty German Bundesliga football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

Borussia Dortmund retained their top spot, averaging over 80,500 spectators per match. Bayern Munich retained second position, averaging 71,000, with Schalke 04 coming in third at 61,170.

The average attendance for Bundesliga 1 was 42,625 (the highest in Europe) and for Bundesliga 2 football clubs it was 17,235.

Atletico's success is on shaky foundations

Atletico Madrid have emerged as a third force in Spanish football.  However, there is a history in Spain of clubs emerging to challenge the Real-Barcelona duopoly and then fading as they find it too hot at the top. It seems that Atletico's success is built on shaky financial foundations.

Top 30 Italian Football Clubs by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top thirty Italian football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

FC Internazionale regained their top spot, averaging over 46,500 spectators per match. AC Milan dropped down to second position, averaging 43,650, with AS Roma coming in third at 40,180.

The average attendance for Serie A clubs in 2012-13 was 23,235 and for Serie B clubs it was just under 5,000.

Table: Top 30 Italian Football Clubs by Average Home Attendance - 2012/13

Risk to Nou Camp redevelopment project

Barcelona fans have to vote today on whether they want the project to redevelop the Nou Camp to go ahead.   However, its approval is at some risk after the recent bad publicity enjoyed by the club.

Top 20 Spanish Football Clubs by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top twenty Spanish liga football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

Barcelona retained their top spot, averaging over 71,000 spectators per match with Real Madrid close behind, averaging 70,000. Atletico de Madrid ranked third with an average home attendance at Estadio Vicente Calderón of 44,295.

The average attendance for La Liga was 28,235 and for the second tier (Segunda División - Liga Adelante) football clubs it was 6,785.

Big blow for Barcelona

Fifa has slapped a 14-month transfer ban on Barcelona for breaking rules relating to the transfer of under-18 players that are designed to protect them from exploitation.   The Catalan club has also been fined, along with the Spanish football federation.

The club's squeaky clean image had already been damaged earlier in the year by allegations of tax evasion surrounding the transfer of Neymar.   The then president resigned, but his successor may now face demands for new presidential elections.

Top 30 French Football Clubs Ranked by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top thirty French football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

Paris Saint Germain retained their top spot, averaging 43,235 spectators per match. Lille OSC jumped into second position after moving into a new, 50,000 capacity stadium (Stade Pierre-Mauroy) and achieving an average turnout in Ligue 1 of 40,590 spectators per match. Olympique de Marseille slumped to third with a 33,475 average.

Top 10 Portuguese Football Clubs by Average Attendance 2013

SL Benfica headed the list of top football clubs in Portugal, as ranked by average number of spectators at domestic league matches for season 2012/13.

Top 30 Benelux Football Clubs Ranked by Average Match Attendance 2013

AFC Ajax headed the list of the top thirty football clubs in Belgium and the Netherlands as ranked by average match attendances (domestic league matches - number of spectators) in season 2012/13.

The top tier in Holland is called the Eredivisie and consists of 18 clubs. In season 2012/13 the average attendance was 19,620 and the championship was won by AFC Ajax (its 32nd championship).

The club owned by a state

Some of the most reflective and in depth football writing today is to be found in the Financial Times.  This is particularly the case when Simon Kuper writes one of his in depth pieces as he did in Saturday's Weekend Magazine that accompanies the Pink 'Un.   He took an in depth look at Paris Saint-Germain.