Chelsea News: Champions League Triumph Earns £47m

Chelsea earned a total of over £47million in payments from UEFA for winning the Champions League last season.

Figures issued by UEFA reveal that, like the other 31 clubs in the group stages of the competition, the Blues picked up 3.9million euro (£3million) for participating in the tournament plus a match bonus of 3.3million euro (£2.6million). However, Chelsea then earned 30,035,000 euro (£23.7million) from the TV marketing pool – more than any other club – along with a series or performance bonuses: 3.2million euro (£2.5million) for their performances in the group stages based on the number of points won; 3million euro (£2.4million) for participating in the Round of 16, 3.3million euro (£2.6million) for being in the quarter-finals, 4.2million euro (£3.3million) for making it to the semi-finals and 9million euro (£7.1million) for winning the competition. The losing finalists, Bayern Munich, earned 5.6million euro (£4.4million). Chelsea’s total earnings were 59.935.000 euro or £47,335,000.

Other English clubs fared less well than Chelsea: Arsenal, who were knocked out in the Round of 16, earned a total of 28.2million euro (£22.2million); Manchester United, who were knocked out at the group stage, earned more than Arsenal thanks to a more generous share of the TV marketing pool. United picked up a total of 35,182,000 euro (£27.8million). Manchester City, who were also knocked out at the group stages, earned 26.525.000 euro (£20.9million).

Details of the shareout revealed the disparity between Europe’s premier club competition and its much poorer neighbour, the Europa League. Dinamo Zagreb, who lost all six group games in the Champions League thus failing to pick up any performance bonus, earned a total of 8.2million euro (£6.5million) while Atletico Madrid picked up not much more than that – 10.517,000 euro (£8.3million) for going all the way to win the Europa League.

Manchester United and Manchester City both earned an additional 1,245,000 euro – just under £1million – for their participation in two knockout rounds of the Europa League. Of the other Premier League clubs which entered the Europa League, Spurs earned 2.95million euro (£2.3million) – over £20million less than they earned from playing in the Champions League in 2010/11. Birmingham City earned the same as Spurs while Fulham picked up 2.88million euro (just under £2.3million). League Of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers picked up 1,154,000 euro – just over £900,000.

Click on the links for full details of UEFA’s payouts for the Champions League and the Europa League (PDF files).

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