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European Leagues

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Success on a small budget

Their town in the Basque Country has a population of 27,000, their municipal stadium can only accommodate 6,000, yet Eibar Ipurua are not only in La Liga, they are currently seventh.

Ordered to raise share capital to comply with the league's rules, the club turned to crowdfunding, selling shares at €50 each and raising €2 million.

Discussions about changing FA Cup

The possibility of offering the fourth Champions League spot to the winner of the FA Cup (if they have not already qualified) is one topic being discussed between the Football Association and the Premier League as they look at the future of the competition.

An alternative suggestion is that there should be a play off between the FA Cup winner and the club placed fourth.  All this depends, of course, on the fourth slot being retained.

Cash incentives to do well in Europa League

Premier League clubs may be offered cash incentives to do as well as possible in the Europa League. The plan is one of a number of measures that have been discussed to ensure that the top flight does not lose its fourth slot in the Champions League to a resurgent Serie A.

Italy made up more than half their deficit to England in Uefa's coefficient table in 2015.   They could leap ahead next season leaving the Premier League with only three slots from 2018.

PSG dominate French football

Paris Saint-Germain have a 24 point lead at the top of Ligue 1.  They remain unbeaten this season and they are almost certain to win the French title with more points that any other team in history.

It is now five years since the Qatar Investment Authority bought PSG, a deal that many belive was arranged by Nicolas Sarkozy, then the French president, and a PSG fan.   They were catapulted to the status of a super power in European football.

Top clubs want to ring fence Champions League

Leicester City may have every prospect of qualifying for the Champions League this season, but the chances of a club outside the elite taking part will be reduced in future if the European Club Association gets its way.

They are concerned that too many big clubs are finding their way to the competition barred, particularly in the more competitive English and Italian leagues.

Bundesliga continues to thrive

The German Bundesliga continues to thrive, reporting record financial results for the 11th year in a row. With a reputation for reasonable ticket prices, the league reported a seventh year of record revenues, up 7 per cent at €2,6bn.

Profits increased to €51m, up by 31 per cent.

European Super League is back on the agenda

The idea of a European Super League, first raised in 1998, is back on the agenda.   Karl-Heinz Rummnenigge, the chief executive of Bayern Munich,  raised it at a forum at Bocconi University in Italy.

What he had in mind was a competition, either under the auspices of Uefa or privately run, with 20 or so top clubs from England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.   A few games might be played in the United States or Asia.

Barca want to be first €1bn club

Barcelona have a six year plan to become the first club with €1bn in revenues.  Current revenues are €600m and it is felt necessary to lift them to counter the growing financial clout of the Premier League.

How long would you have to work to afford a footballer's car?

This site enables you to calculate how long you would have to work to afford a footballer's car.   For example, Cristiano Ronaldo would only have to work for one hour to afford my ageing hatchback.  

His special edition Ferrari is worth £847,000 and he could pay for it with three weeks' wages (presumably gross rather than after deduction of tax which would be complicated).   It would take me eleven years to afford the same car (assuming I spent nothing on anything else).

Financial hit from United exit significant

The financial effects of Manchester United's exit from the Champions League at the hands of Wolfsburg are significant, but far from devastating.   The blow to their prestige is probably greater.

Revenues for 2014-15 fell by £37.8m largely because of United's failure to qualify for the Champions League.   However, United only budget to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League each year so the cost will be only around £5m on that basis.   It will be more than offeset by the new Premier League broadcasting deal.