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UEFA Threat To Debt Ridden Clubs

Uefa are threatening to ban debt ridden clubs from their competitions. This is a major threat to leading English clubs to whom Champions League football is a key slice of their income. Some might feel that the move is motivated by continental jealousy at the success of English clubs in the Champions League. Others might feel that Uefa are trying to tackle a genuine problem facing football.

Top 10 Money Earning Clubs in Champions League 2004-05

Liverpool headed the list of the Top 10 Money Earning Clubs in the 2004/05 running of the UEFA Champions League. They were the champions that year (winning for the 5th time when counting the European Cup as the tournaments predecessor) whilst runners-up AC Milan came third in the table, pushed down by Chelsea who earned more via broadcasting revenues.

Four English clubs were in the top ten table, two German and one each from Italy, Spain, France and Holland.

Top 10 Football Matches by Number of Viewers - UK - 2004

Figures are for average number of viewers during course of match but does not include those watching in pubs and clubs.

Portugal versus England drew the highest audience in 2004, at over 20 million viewers. The most watched club football match was Chelsea v Arsenal in the Champions League Quarter Final which had an estimated 7.7 million viewers.