UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea "earned a total of over" €59M ($72.2M) in payments from UEFA for winning the tournament, according to Leonard Mountfield of FOOTBALLGOSSIP.org.uk. Figures revealed by UEFA showed that all 32 teams that participated in the group stage of the tournament received €3.9M ($4.8M) plus a match bonus of €3.3M ($4M). Chelsea saw the biggest payout from the TV marketing pool with a little over €30M ($36.7M) followed by ManU with just over €25M ($30.6M). The London side also received a "series of performance bonuses" for making it through each round. In terms of total revenue from UEFA, Chelsea was followed by finalist Bayern Munich with €41.7M ($51M) and semifinalists FC Barcelona €40.6M ($49.7M) and Real Madrid €38.4M ($47M) (FOOTBALLGOSSIP.org.uk, 7/15).
For a complete team by team Champions League revenue breakdown click here.
EUROPA LEAGUE: The Europa League payouts showed the "disparity between Europe’s premier club competition and its much poorer neighbour the Europa League." The winners Atletico Madrid picked up a total of €10.5M ($12.9M).
For a complete team by team Europa League revenue breakdown click here.
The fallout from the John Terry court case "looks likely to bring major changes" to English football, with the players' asking for their own members to be sent off if they engage in foul or abusive language to each other, according to Mihir Bose of the London INDEPENDENT. As the FA considered whether to charge Chelsea's Terry and QPR's Anton Ferdinand for their "expletive-ridden language," Professional Footballers Association Chair Clarke Carlisle "urged them to consider major changes to the sanctions for swearing." Carlisle: "At present a red card for foul and abusive language is only shown when a player abuses match officials. What the FA should do is order referees to show the red card even when players abuse each other." He added, "For a period this will cause mayhem, but there can be no progress without a struggle." Today, not many black players "want to talk openly about this." Former player who "suffered much racial abuse in the bad days of the Eighties" and current FA consultant and Chair of the quango Sporting Equals, who promote ethnic diversity, Brendan Batson said, "There is a lot of unhappiness and frustration among the current crop of black players at the lack of progress since black players began to be integrated in the Seventies" (INDEPENDENT, 7/15).
The fiscal changes in Spain will "not make it easy" to renew Cristiano Ronaldo's deal with Real Madrid. If the team pays the footballer €15M ($18.4M) net as reported "in a number of media outlets," it will need to spend a total of €22.5M ($27.5M) annually including taxes. That sum, "multiplied by a hypothetical five years under contract," would cost the club €112.5M ($137.7M) (ECODIARIO.es, 7/14).
TRAVEL PACKAGES: GLOBO reported that the official operator of Brazilian side Corinthians FC "announced the different packages" that are available for fans who want to travel to Japan to see the club play in the FIFA Club World Cup. The packages will start at $4,998 which includes airfare, accommodations, assistance in Portuguese and a guarantee in the purchase of tickets for the two games (GLOBO, 7/13).
FAKE GRASS: The BBC reported that the English Football Association "will permit artificial pitches to be used in qualifying rounds" of the FA Cup.The decision also affects matches in six other FA competitions, including the FA Trophy and Women's FA Cup. The FA explained in a statement on its website that: "If any club with an artificial pitch reaches the First Round Proper and is drawn at home, then they will need to switch to a ground of a club who are both an FA Cup entrant and have a natural grass pitch" (BBC, 7/13).