The 10 facts that show the growth of European football

UEFA has published its ninth benchmarking report on club licensing on European club football, called The European Club Footballing Landscape. This work reviews exhaustively the financial development of European football. These are the 10 data that show its solid growth:

Revenue growth

The annual income of the 700 clubs of the highest divisions together is growing almost 10%.There was no such positive result since 2002.

Economic self-sufficiency

In recent years (2010 to 2016), European club football it has become less dependent on donations / grants and other unique income (12% less), ticket revenues have grown by 7%, sponsorships and commercial revenues have increased by 59%, television revenues have grown by 64% , transfer income has increased by 105%, and UEFA cash and solidarity payments increased by 106%.

Million Dollar Profit

< p> The clubs of the main European leagues have achieved in the last years the highest operating profits (before the signings) in history, with more than 800 million euros in 2016.All this despite the fact that salary expenses have increased considerably.

Losses decrease

Net losses after transfers, financing and taxes decreased to 269 ​​million euros in 2016, this is less than one sixth of the losses recorded by the clubs before the introduction of the Financial Fair Play.

26 leagues have generated benefits

The consequences of the implementation of Financial Fair Play are beginning to be seen. With this system it has been achieved that 26 ligases generaseb benefits in 2016.This could only be said of nine clubs in 2011, before the Financial Fair Play was introduced.

Net debt falls

Net debt continues falling, from 65% of revenues before the introduction of the Financial Fair Game in 2011 to 40% in 2015 and up to 35% in 2016.By contrast, the net assets of the clubs have doubled during this period.

Increase in television revenues

The large disparity in income from television continues to be the main factor of differentiation between leagues, with television agreements in the six major leagues that generate eleven times more than revenues in the other 48.

Boosting the brand

The 12 largest and most global clubs have generated an extraordinary increase of 1,580 million euros in revenues from their sponsorship agreements and commercial activities.This compares with the increase of only 700 million euros for the rest of the clubs in the first divisions of Europe.

Foreign investment in Europe

In the 15 major European leagues has there have been 40 clubs acquired by foreign investors since 2010, with China as the most active in the last two seasons. Since 2016, 70% of foreign investments were involved Chinese investors.

Ten clubs with more than 1 million spectators per year

The attendance of the top 50 leagues total just under one hundred million for the 2016/17 season. Compared to the 2015/16 season, total attendance decreased by football betting one percent, due to the combination of promoted and descended clubs in England and Germany.Among the great European clubs there are ten that have had more than a million spectators in the last season. Leading the classification in Barcelona.