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Champions League Revenue: Why England’s Big Four Stays the Same

champions-league-logo1European clubs earn an average of £36m ($54m) for making the Champions League knockout stages, according to a Mastercard study.

Teams earn £2.8m from UEFA for Champions League qualification, £2.2m for participating in the Group Stage, £559,000 for a win and £280,000 for a draw.  Teams receive an additional £2m for knockout stage qualification.  A knockout qualifier would average £8.8m in prize money.

Teams then receive an additional £8.9m payment from UEFA, dependent on commercial success.  Teams also generate approximately £8m in ticketing revenue, with an additional £5.6m from commercial and marketing revenue.

Additionally, teams earn £2.3m for making the quarterfinals, £2.8m for the semifinals, £3.7m for being runners up and £6.5m for winning. 

Squad values also increase, on average, £5.6m for making the Champions League, £4.7m for qualifying for the knockout stages and £14m for winning the tournament.

The Champions League winner can earn up to £102m in combined revenue.

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Champions League Knockout Draw

Chelsea vs. Juventus Should be a tasty one.

Villarreal vs. Panathinaikos Over-under one goal.

Sporting vs. Bayern Munich Ehh.

Atletico Madrid vs. Porto Neither team will win it.

Lyon vs. Barcelona Rough draw for Lyon, Barca Roll.

Real Madrid vs. Liverpool Nice.

Arsenal vs. Roma The beautiful game.

Inter vs. Manchester United Determines Mourinho’s future at Inter.

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Anorthosis Famagusta Chairman Accused of Fraud and Embezzlement

panteliCypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta’s may have some shit thrown into the champagne of their Champions League run.

Chairman Andreas Panteli, 48, has been taken into custody for three days by police, stemming from fraud and embezzlement allegations.

The club’s board accused Panteli of embezzling over $500,000 from the club and attempting to steal another $500,000.

Panteli denied the allegations in a statement.  “There were never any financial discrepancies,” he said.  “Any actions were taken in the full awareness of the board of directors and were always done with the best interests of the club at heart.”

Anorthosis are third in Group B, one point behind second-place Panathinaikos and two behind first-place Inter Milan.

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Champions League Match Day 5 Results

steven-gerrard-the-saviourBordeaux 1 – Chelsea 1: Chelsea strode out negatively, seeming more content to tackle chestily than attack, and it was to their detriment.  Anelka put them ahead but Diarra’s wonderful header evened the score.  If Chelsea do not beat Cluj, they could drop to the UEFA Cup.

CFR Cluj 1 – Roma 3: Matteo Brighi was hot, and it had nothing to do with his effeminate sweater.  His two goals and a third from Totti gave Roma a comfortable victory.  One point clear in Group A, Roma advance with a draw.

Inter Milan 0 – Panathinaikos 1: Mourinho played narrow, suffocating the midfield.  Panathinaikos stole a second half goal and withstood the barrage.  Inter move forward, but unimpressively.  The Greeks look likely to do the same.

Anorthosis Famagusta 2 – Werder Bremen 2: The Germans fought off two second half deficits, but could not get the required win to stay in the tournament.  The draw hurts Anorthosis, who must now win in Greece to move on to the knockout stages.

Liverpool 1 – Marseille 0: Steven Gerrard celebrated his tenth anniversary in fitting fashion, a sub-par performance punctuated with a critical goal.  Marseille may have had the better day, but Liverpool win and move through.

Atletico Madrid 2 – PSV Eindhoven 1: There was a party at the Vicente Calderon, but no one else was invited.  In front of the empty stadium, Simão and Maxi Rodriguez put the Spanish side ahead, the prolific Danny Koevermans could only retort with one.  Atletico advance.

Sporting Lisbon 2 – Barcelona 5: Barcelona scored five goals with four shots on target, thanks  to a Sporting back four conceding two own goals and a penalty.  There was no crying for Bojan Krkic, whose late penalty conversion will hopefully help his confidence.

Shakhtar Donetsk 5 – FC Basel 0: Shakhtar showed Ukraine is not weak, led by Brazilian Jadson’s hat trick.  It was too late for this endeavor, but they secured the UEFA Cup parachute.

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Champions League Results: Arsenal Happy With Their New Capi

200x225_1227649928_spt_ai_arsenalvkiev_08Here is my latest post from The Big Lead, a roundup of Tuesday’s Champions League action.

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Crespo Could Join Real Madrid in January

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Inter Milan striker Hernan Crespo may be Real Madrid’s replacement for Ruud Van Nistelrooy in January.  

The 33-year-old Argentine has been adrift in the Inter squad, making just three appearances this season.  He was also left off the Champions League roster.

Jose Mourinho seemed open to the idea.

“Them wanting him is logical,” Mourinho told Setanta. “It’s easy to understand that such a club as Real Madrid are thinking of Crespo, as there are not many talented strikers on the market that can replace Van Nistelrooy.

“Besides he can play the Champions League. He is a player that can be important for Real Madrid, but for Inter as well whereas I have too many players, 29.”

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Totti Dedicates Victory Over Chelsea to Young Fan Who Died

totti-f2Francesco Totti dedicated Roma’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea, to a young Roma fan who died just before the match.  The 13-year old boy named Niccolo was hit by a falling tree, during severe weather in Rome.

“We found out what had happened after the match, and it’s needless to say how I felt,” Totti said.  “I would just like to dedicate the victory to him and send a hug to his entire family.”

Totti shouldn’t be commended for saying this.  To sympathize is human, not praiseworthy.  However, his acknowledgement further confirms his community connection and his loyalty to Roma and its fans.

At a time when footballers sanctimoniously kiss badges at every opportunity and consider a £55,000 per week offer an insult, international soccer could use a few more men like Totti.

Thanks to The Beautiful Game

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The Onion Bag: Champions League Roundup

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Here is my latest post for The Big Lead, rounding up last night’s Champions League action.

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The Onion Bag: Hot Totti Causes Chelsea Headache

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Ben Foster Will Start for United Against Celtic

benfoster4Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster will debut in Europe Wednesday evening in their Championship matchup against Celtic.

Foster signed for Manchester United in 2005, for a £1m transfer fee.  The 25-year-old played two seasons at Watford on loan, but missed most of last season due to a knee injury.

Should Foster receive regular time, at Manchester United or another club, he should be a prominent candidate to start for England.

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