The credit crunch may have dispirited the British public but it has failed to prevent Premier League clubs from preserving their status as the wealthiest forces in world football. According to the latest Deloitte Football Money League, Premier League sides make up no fewer than seven of the global top 20, which ranks the biggest football clubs in the world based on revenue. Real Madrid remain top, while Manchester United are second and Barcelona third, with all three generating revenues in excess of €300m. Nevertheless, the plummeting economic market has had an adverse effect on English clubs: without the declining value of the pound sterling, the English, European and World champions would have topped the table. “Manchester United’s on-pitch success in winning the Premier League and UEFA Champions League contributed to significantly increased revenue for 2007/08, although the depreciation of the pound against the Euro means they remain in second position,” said Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. Based on the latest financial information for the 2007/08 season, Jones recognised how the impact of the exchange rate has restricted the number of Premier League clubs in the latest Money League. “If the exchange rate value of the Pound had not depreciated, there would have been nine, rather than seven English clubs in the top 20,” he said. Chelsea are fifth while German giants Bayern Munich climb three places from last season’s list to fourth, returning to the top five in the Money League for the first time in five years. England's other representatives are Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Manchester City, who are one of two new entrants. In addition to the seven clubs represented by the Premier League, the top 20 is made up entirely of European sides, from Germany, Italy, Spain and France, whilst Fenerbahce become the first Turkish club to feature in the Money League since its creation over 10 years ago. The top 20 clubs now generate over three times the combined revenue of those in the first Money League, in 1996/97. Paul Rawnsley, Director in the Sports Business Group, is optimistic that the economic situation will not have too much of a negative impact on the richest clubs in the world. “The unique nature of the football industry will enable major clubs to be relatively resistant to the economic downturn,” he said. “Clubs’ match attendances are holding up well and clubs in each of England, Germany, France and Spain have TV deals secured well into the future. “The English Premier League currently generates the highest level of broadcast rights value of any football league in the world.” Each club in the top 20 generated over €100m in revenue for the 2007/08 season. Deloitte Football Money League 2009 1. Real Madrid (Spain) €365.8m (£289.6m) 2. Manchester United (England) €324.8m (£257.1m) 3. FC Barcelona (Spain) €308.8m (£244.4m) 4. Bayern Munich (Germany) €295.3m (£233.8m) 5. Chelsea (England) €268.9m (£212.9m) 6. Arsenal (England) €264.4m (£209.3m) 7. Liverpool (England) €210.9m (£167.0m) 8. AC Milan (Italy) €209.5m (£165.8m) 9. AS Roma (Italy) €175.4m (£138.9m) 10. Internazionale (Italy) €172.9m (£136.9m) 11. Juventus (Italy) €167.5m (£132.6m) 12. Olympique Lyonnais (France) €155.7m (£123.3m) 13. Schalke 04 (Germany) €148.4m (£117.5m) 14. Tottenham Hotspur (England) €145.0m (£114.8m) 15. Hamburger SV (Germany) €127.9m (£101.3m) 16. Olympique de Marseille (France) €126.8m (£100.4m) 17. Newcastle United (England) €125.6m (£99.4m) 18. Vfb Stuttgart (Germany) €111.5m (£88.3m) 19. Fenerbahce (Turkey) €111.3m (£88.1m) 20. Manchester City (England) €104.0m (£82.3m)
12 February 2009
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