Deloitte have issued their Deloitte Football Money League and three Premier Clubs are in the top 5.
Real Madrid remain top with Newcastle dropping one place from last year to 14th position, despite their lack of success in both the Premier League and Europe.
Real Madrid were the world’s largest revenue-generating club for the third successive season but Manchester United have now moved up to second place and Chelsea moved up to 4th while Arsenal, with their new Emirates stadium and larger match revenues, moved up four places to fifth.
Barcelona, in third place, complete the top five based on club revenue (turnover), not including transfer fees, for the 2006/07 season.
Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte said:
“This is the first time that any country has had three clubs in the top five of the Money League,” “Arsenal’s move to the Emirates Stadium has transformed their revenues whilst Chelsea’s revenue increase sees them return to the top five.”
“With the new Premier League television deals now online for the 2007/08 season, Manchester United have the opportunity to significantly close the gap on Real and a successful Champions League run may even see them challenge again for the number one position,”
The top 20 clubs’ collective revenues grew by 11 percent to 3.7 billion euros in 2006/07, the highest rate of growth since 2002/03. The top 20 global clubs are all European.
Last year Newcastle United were in 13th place and have dropped one place to 14th place with Â£87.1 in revenues, but another Â£20M in revenue would see them jump to 10th place.
And in the last two seasons Newcastle have finished in the bottom half of the Premier league, so if Newcastle were ever successful you’ve got to wonder how much revenue the club would then make. Other clubs in the league are actually successful with the playing sides of their clubs.
Another illustration of the massive unrealized potential that is Newcastle United.
Here is the Money league with last year’s positions in brackets:
Position Club Revenue Â£ Revenue â‚¬ 1 (1) Real Madrid 236.2 351.0 2 (4) Man United 212.1 315.2 3 (2) Barcelona 195.3 290.1 4 (6) Chelsea 190.5 283.0 5 (9) Arsenal 177.6 263.9 6 (5) AC Milan 153.0 227.2 7 (8) Bayern Munich 150.3 223.3 8 (10) Liverpool 133.9 198.9 9 (7) Inter Milan 131.3 195.0 10 (12) AS Roma 106.1 157.6 11 (15) Tottenham 103.1 153.1 12 (3) Juventus 97.7 145.2 13 (11) Olympique Lyon 94.6 140.6 14 (13) Newcastle 87.1 129.4 15 (16) Hamburg SV 81.0 120.4 16 (14) Schalke 04 76.9 114.3 17 (n/a) Celtic 75.2 111.8 18 (n/a) Valencia 72.4 107.6 19 (n/a) Marseille 66.6 99.0 20 (n/a) Werder Bremen 65.5 97.3
The four clubs that have dropped out of the top 20 are Manchester City, Rangers, West Ham United and Benfica.
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