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Top 20 Spanish Football Clubs by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top twenty Spanish liga football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

Barcelona retained their top spot, averaging over 71,000 spectators per match with Real Madrid close behind, averaging 70,000. Atletico de Madrid ranked third with an average home attendance at Estadio Vicente Calderón of 44,295.

The average attendance for La Liga was 28,235 and for the second tier (Segunda División - Liga Adelante) football clubs it was 6,785.

Big losses at Charlton

It is well known that the Championship is a challenging division financially.  Medium-sized clubs such as Charlton have to compete with clubs with wealthy benefactors or parachute payments.   Hence, it is no surprise that the latest accounts show continuing financial losses.

In the 2012/13 the club reported overall losses of £7.4m, although profits on player trading reduced this to £6m.  Turnover was up by £3.4m, largely reflecting increased television revenue and solidarity payments following promotion to the Championship.

Big blow for Barcelona

Fifa has slapped a 14-month transfer ban on Barcelona for breaking rules relating to the transfer of under-18 players that are designed to protect them from exploitation.   The Catalan club has also been fined, along with the Spanish football federation.

The club's squeaky clean image had already been damaged earlier in the year by allegations of tax evasion surrounding the transfer of Neymar.   The then president resigned, but his successor may now face demands for new presidential elections.

Good financial results at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have announced a good set of financial results.   Turnover was up to not far short of £150m.   Profit excluding player trading and before depreciation was £23.4m.   After taking account of interest and tax, profit was £1.5m which is a respectable figure when many clubs are making big losses.

Top 30 French Football Clubs Ranked by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top thirty French football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

Paris Saint Germain retained their top spot, averaging 43,235 spectators per match. Lille OSC jumped into second position after moving into a new, 50,000 capacity stadium (Stade Pierre-Mauroy) and achieving an average turnout in Ligue 1 of 40,590 spectators per match. Olympique de Marseille slumped to third with a 33,475 average.

Derby are debt free

Apart from the £15 million pound mortgage on the iPro stadium, Derby County are now a debt free club. £28.5m of loans have been converted to equity by the club's owners.

However, the club continued to make losses of over £7m a year, showing how difficult it is to even approach break even in the Championship and contend for promotion.   Like other clubs, the Rams are reliant on the continued support of the owners.

Leeds decision deferred

Massimo Cellino''s appeal against his disqualification as a prospective owner of Leeds United was heard in London yesterday, but the independent QC in charge of the appeal has reserved judgment while he considers the arguments put forward.   This at least implies that he thought Cellino had a case worthy of further consideration.

Top 30 Benelux Football Clubs Ranked by Average Match Attendance 2013

AFC Ajax headed the list of the top thirty football clubs in Belgium and the Netherlands as ranked by average match attendances (domestic league matches - number of spectators) in season 2012/13.

The top tier in Holland is called the Eredivisie and consists of 18 clubs. In season 2012/13 the average attendance was 19,620 and the championship was won by AFC Ajax (its 32nd championship).

Top 10 Portuguese Football Clubs by Average Attendance 2013

SL Benfica headed the list of top football clubs in Portugal, as ranked by average number of spectators at domestic league matches for season 2012/13.

The club owned by a state

Some of the most reflective and in depth football writing today is to be found in the Financial Times.  This is particularly the case when Simon Kuper writes one of his in depth pieces as he did in Saturday's Weekend Magazine that accompanies the Pink 'Un.   He took an in depth look at Paris Saint-Germain.