AEK make around 10 million from Europa League
It was a close run thing against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Europa League, as AEK Athens bowed out on the away goals rule at the Last 32 stage. Nevertheless, despite the loss, the Enosis earned a tasty sum of money.
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AEK began their memorable European campaign last August, falling to Russians CSKA Moscow 0:3 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. The Athenians made around 420,000 euros from the largest club competition on the continent, then taking the standard 2.6 million as a result of qualifying for the Europa League group stage.
The Enosis drew five of six group matches against Rijeka, Austria Vienna and AC Milan, making 120,000 for every draw. However, for the one win over Croatian outfit Rijeka, AEK were gifted a further 360,00 euros, meaning that 720,000 was generated from the six matches. An extra figure of 300,000 was given for finishing second in Group D, while a bonus of 500,000 came after making the Last 32.
That’s without taking into account ticket sales at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. The most attended match in AEK’s dramatic European season was the headline fixture against Italian giants AC Milan, when 40,000 passionate Kitrinomavri fans packed out the OAKA. Over 1.5 million euros were brought in from tickets alone, a very tasty figure indeed.
Following the two Europa League Last 32 battles against Dynamo Kyiv, the Greeks have earned around 10 million euros from the 2017/2018 European season! Yes, the defeat may take some time to fully get over, but precious money has been drawn in.