Super League ranks poorly in UEFA revenue statistics
In January, UEFA’s report for revenue earned by European clubs was released. Much to the dismay of Greek football fans, the Super League was near the bottom of the list, making a pittance in comparison to Europe’s so-called bigger championships.
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Overall, Greek clubs earned an average of 8.9 million euros, with Hungary (5 million), the Czech Republic (4.4 million) and Slovenia (1.5 million euros) sitting behind. In stark contrast, the English Premier League topped the list, averaging an impressive revenue of 244.4 million euros per club. Germany took second spot with 149.6 million euros, while Spain (126.3 million) and Italy (100.2 million) were the nearest challengers to the top two.
The staggering difference in numbers emphasises the ever-widening gap between Europe’s supposed bigger and smaller leagues. For Greece, the annual revenue has gradually fallen, however the Super League is now one of the smallest earning championships on the continent. Nevertheless, revenues fell in the Netherlands (26.7 million) and Portugal (20.3 million) too.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin had his say on the matter. “Once more, we cannot help but note that the popularization of commercial and partnership revenues between the top tier of clubs and the rest is accelerating,” stated Ceferin.
“As guardians of the game, UEFA must ensure that football remains competitive even as financial gaps are augmented by globalization and technological change.”
Manchester United celebrated first place in UEFA’s club revenue rankings, making 689 million euros. Barcelona and Real Madrid were both on 620 million.