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Champions League


Chelsea will earn £45m in Champions League TV cash

Chelsea can expect to earn a total of £45m in television cash from Uefa for their Champions League campaign this year.   This will increase by £2.8m if they win the trophy.  Clubs can usually double that income from ticket sales, sponsorship and merchandise.   The income is particularly important for Chelsea given their need to comply with financial fair play rules.

Al Jazeera breaks into televised football

Some time ago I was quite surprised to be asked by Al Jazeera if I could come into their London studio to talk about football.   As it happened, I couldn't make it but perhaps I should have seen the straw in the wind.

The Qatari broadcaster has been awarded the majority of media rights to screen Uefa Champions League matches in France for three years from 2012 in a deal worth €180m.   This is a serious blow to French pay-TV operator Canal Plus.

United take big hit from Champions League exit

Manchester United's elimination from the Champions League before the group stage will hit them hard financially.   They could be between £14m and £18m worse off than last season when they reached the final.  

Uefa's financial fair play dilemma

Uefa faces a series of dilemmas in terms of its enforcing Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.   If it doesn't enforce them at all, it will look foolish and be weakened in relation to the top clubs.  But devising sanctions that bite without undermining the Champions League itself is a real test of ingenuity.

Chelsea deny ticket sale problems

Chelsea FC have denied that tickets have been handed out to boost attendance for tonight's Champions League match against Genk and insist that they are confident of a full house.  They stated that about 1,000 tickets have been given to their foundation after some fans had campaigned for a boycott of the game because of higher ticket prices.

Chelsea ticket prices criticised

Chelsea's policy of raising ticket prices for Champions League matches has come under some criticism.   Apparently there was a strangely subdued atmosphere in last night's victory at Stamford Bridge over Bayer Leverkusen in front of a below capacity crowd of 33,820.   Some fans have even talked of a boycott of the home game against Gent.

Making money out of the Champions League

There has been criticism of the cost of seats for the Champions League final, but for Uefa it is at the centre of its financial viability.   Last season it generated 73 per cent of its income, €1.1 billion in total.

 A decade or so ago there was a talk of a televised breakaway league of top clubs, but the Champions League provides a means of keeping them happy.  €746.4m was distributed among the 32 teams in the last competition.   Last year's champions, Inter, received just under €50m in prize and TV money.

Messi scores against the taxman

HM Revenue and Customs is likely to be hoping that Manchester United win tonight's Champions League final.  If they win, the players' bonuses will yield some significant revenue.  But whether Barcelona win or lose, their players will not have to pay any tax.

See you in court over financial fair play?

What are the chances of a legal challenge to Uefa's financial fair play regulations.  Our legal eagle Duncan McHardy makes an assessment in a contributed article: