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Arsenal pay the price

Arsenal will miss out on the biggest Champions League prize pot ever if they fail to qualify for the group stage which looks increasingly likely.  The pot has been boosted by the deal with BT Sports.  They will get £8.84m for reaching the group stage.

Swiss Ramble scales heights with United

The Swiss Ramble blog has scaled the heights of analysis once again with an impressive in depth treatment of Manchester United.   As always, there are lots of graphs and data to back up the argument.  It must take hours of careful work, but you also need the right skill set to do it properly.

El Clásico under threat after vote

Nationalist parties have won the regional elections in Catalonia.   They plan to hold an independence referendum within eighteen months.  Spain has said that it would challenge any such referendum in the courts.

Real Madrid no longer world's most valuable sports team

Real Madrid are no longer the world's most valuable sports team according to a new study by Forbes.  At £2.1bn they have been overtaken by the Dallas Cowboys at £2.6bn.

Barcelona are in fifth place at £2bn.   The only other football team in the top ten are Manchester United at £2.01bn.

New crowdfunding platform for players

Kickrs.Net is a new digital crowdfunding platform that allows fans to fund the acquistion of new young players at their club.   Belgian Juliper Pro League club Sint-Truiden is the first to feature with a young Greek player being targeted.

€103,175 Euros has been raised so far from 289 investors.  That's an average of €357 Euros per investor or approximately £260.

England could lose fourth Champions League spot

There is a risk that England could lose its fourth Champions League spot.  It shouldn't be exaggerated, but England could be overtaken by Italy.

Premier League becoming more dominant

The competitive imbalance in Europe caused by the Premier League's latest television deal is a theme that is drawing increasing attention and the latest person to address it is the sporting director of Wolfsburg. Of course, the deal hasn't kicked in yet, but the transfer dealings of leading Premiership clubs appear to anticipate it.

Football and global energy politics

The link between football and the geopolitics of global energy supplies may not seem to be an obvious one.  But under conditions of globalisation, different sectors of the economy become intertwined.  Football can offer prestige, influence and access to decision-makers.    These links are explored in this interesting article.

Progress in Juventus finances

There has been substantial progress in restoring the finances of Juventus reports the authoritative Swiss Rambler blog in a detailed analysis.

After a pre-tax loss of €10.9m last year, there was a small pre-tax profit of €0.1m.   Admittedly, this then became a large post-tax loss because of a perverse Italian tax which penalises companies with high personnel costs which seems to be a disenctive to employment.

European leagues hit by Premiership wealth

The wealth of the Premier League is having an increasing effect on other European leagues.  Often highly priced transfers bring a welcome stream of income, but the standard is getting worse.   Even in top leagues such as that of Spain it is becoming more and more difficult in terms of salaries to compete with almost all the Premier League clubs and even some in the Championship.