Arsenal’s Champions League earnings drop


UEFA have revealed that the 32 teams who competed in the Champions League received a total €904 million in payments, of which Arsenal scooped €27.2 million.

The Gunners portion of the pie is down €4.2 million on that received for participation in 2012/13 and the lowest total since the 2008/09 competition when we actually reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by Manchester United.

All clubs reaching the group stages earned a standard €8.6 million participation bonus from UEFA. Arsenal received a further ‘performance bonus’ of €4 million for progression to the knockout stages, €3.5 million for the unsuccessful double-header against Bayern Munich as well as an €11.1 million Premier League market share.

It’s this final figure where the Gunners suffered compared to their domestic rivals. The Premier League’s market pool was a total €71.5 million with distribution dictated by the club’s league position in the previous year and how far they went in this year’s Champions League.

Manchester United reached the quarter-finals and having been reigning Premier League champions took €23.7 million of the pot. Chelsea (who reached the semis) and Manchester City* secured €18.4 million and €18.3 million respectively – over €7 million more than Arsenal’s 15.5% share.

Real Madrid pocketed an enormous €57.4 million on the way to their tenth triumph while Paris Saint Germain (bolstered by the fact they took a huge proportion of France’s market share) were second in the listings with €54.4 million**.

To put the Champions League figures in context only six group stage sides (Shakhtar Donetsk, Anderlecht, Viktoria Plzen, Basel, Austria Wien, Porto***) earned less than eventual Europa League winners Sevilla who bagged €14.6m.

For what it’s worth, Sp*rs only earned €5.9m from their own European ‘exploits’.

Arsenal Champions League revenue 2007-2014

2013/14 – €27.2m

2012/13 – €31.4m 

2011/12 – €28.2m

2010/11 – €29.9m

2009/10 – €33.7m

2008/09 – €26.7m

2007/08 – €23.2m

2006/07 – €19.2m

Since Arsenal reached the final of the Champions League in 2006, the total payments to participating clubs has more than doubled (graph here). In 2005/06 the figure stood at €437.1 million.

*Manchester City will have some funds withheld due to their infringement of the FFP rules.

**PSG will have some funds withheld due to their infringement of the FFP rules.

*** Four of those sides Vikotia Plzen, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto and Basel did earn further cash when they dropped into the Europa League.

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