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Spanish Liga


Club Atletico de Madrid SAD

Traditional Atletico Madrid football shirt

Atleti's early history began in 1903 when Athletic Club de Madrid was founded by three Basque students living in Madrid who saw the new club as a branch of Athletic Bilbao. In 1921 Athletic Madrid became independent of Athletic Bilbao and by 1939, post civil war when La Liga had resumed, Athletic merged with Aviación Nacional of Zaragoza to become Athletic Aviacin de Madrid. In 1941, a decree issued by Franco banned teams from using foreign names and the club became Atlético Aviacion de Madrid. In 1947, the club decided to drop the military association and settled on its current name.


Real Madrid Club de Futbol

Traditional Real Madrid football shirt

Founded in 1902, the club has been owned and operated by its members (called 'socios') since its inception. Home matches are played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Capacity: 81,044). As of 2017, Real Madrid had been European Champions a record 11 times and had won 32 Spanish Championships (La Liga) plus 19 Spanish Cups (Copa del Rey). The club's most expensive player transfer fee was the Euro 100 million it paid Tottenham Hotspur FC for Gareth Bale in 2013.

Turnover and pre-tax profit figures are in Euro millions.


La Liga To Change Match Times?

Kick off times in the Spanish Primera reflects the pecking order of clubs. The least favoured clubs tend to begin their matches at five on Sunday unless they are playing one of the big teams in which case they are given a slot at seven or eight on either Saturday or Sunday. The most favoured slot is tapas time at nine or ten in the evening which is when you are most likely to see Real Madrid or Barcelona. However, the Spanish league is considering moving some clashes to an Asia-friendly 3 p.m.

Strike Threat in La Liga

Spanish clubs have threatened to go on strike following the announcement of Spanish Government plans to remove tax laws that give La Liga a big advantage over the English Premiership. The so-called 'Beckham Law' allows high-earning foreigners to pay 24 per cent income tax instead of the 43 per cent levied on locals. The Spanish League (LFP) have warned that their clubs will face a bill of more than £90m and could kill the competition. The law coincided with David Beckham signing for Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2004.

Bwin Extend Real Madrid Shirt Sponsorship

Having gone on a £200m spending spree this summer, news that Real's shirt sponsorship deal with Austrian online betting group Bwin has been extended by three years (until 2013) will come as some relief to the club's accountants and creditors. At least one line of income has been secured. The deal could be worth up to 20m euros ($29.1m; £18.3m) a year from the renegotiated agreement.

Segunda B League Decline in Spain

Aside from those teams relegated from La Liga, Spain's second division has also included the reserve teams of the country's top soccer clubs, known as B teams. These B teams allowed sides to nurture new talent at minimal cost, as well as to recycle older players. But reserve teams cannot play in the same division as their senior team, and are thus ineligible for promotion to La Liga. Reserve teams are also no longer permitted to enter the Spanish Cup. In short, there is often no incentive for a reserve side to do well.

How will Real Madrid pay for Ronaldo?

Real Madrid have said that they have a €300m transfer budget his summer, but €68m went on Kaká followed by €92m on Ronaldo. It is understood that €100m will come from cash in hand, €100m from additional revenues hopefully generated by new players and €100m from bank loans. The Spanish economy may be in dire straits, with banks not lending to anyone, but they have been prepared to give Real Madrid a four year €300m facility.

How Will United Spend The Money?

En route to a football workshop in Amsterdam last Thursday, I was diverted into the Sky News studios at Isleworth to give my views on how Manchester United might spend the money they have obtained from the £80m deal to sell Ronaldo to Real Madrid. Whilst United has very large debts, it is able to service them from its still growing revenue stream. That stream depends on continued success on the pitch so a good proportion of the money will be spent on players, in particular on up-and-coming players with potential whose value can be developed.

Spanish Television Football Broadcast Rights Finally Settled

While most of the Spanish sports media concentrated on the double transfers of Kaká and Ronaldo to Real Madrid, another important football-related event occurred last week in the Spanish capital. After three years of court cases, confusion and chaos the broadcast rights to La Liga and the Copa del Rey (the Spanish FA Cup) were finally settled.

Serie A The Fastest Growing League

Serie A was the fastest growing league in Europe in the 2007/8 season reveals the latest Deloitte Football Finance report. Total revenue increased by €357m (34 per cent) to €1.4 billion. The change of mix of clubs in Serie A for 2007/08, notably Juventus' return, contributed two-thirds of the increase. The other clubs increased revemues by c. €120m aided by new broadcasting contracts. La Liga recorded a 8 per cent (€112m) growth in revenue to €1.4 billion, placing it joint second with the Bundesliga which grew by 4 per cent (€59m).