Bloomberg Sports published for the first time its Football Power Top 50 that ranks players from the 5 main European leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) according to their performance in 2012/2013 in statistical terms.
According to this list, the 11 best players of each league were the following ones:
Liga BBVA (Spain)
Courtois (Atl. Madrid); Dani Alves (Barcelona), Diego Mainz (Granada), Diego Godín (Atl. Madrid) and Nacho (Betis); Xavi (Barcelona); Patrick Ebert (Valladolid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid); Falcao (Atl. Madrid) and Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla).
Serie A (Italy)
Abbiati (AC Milan); Konko (Lazio), Chiellini (Juventus), Campagnaro (Napoli) and Asamoah (Juventus); Pirlo (Juventus); Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Hamsik (Napoli) and Bonaventura (Atalanta); Cavani (Napoli) and Lamela (AS Roma).
Barclays Premier League (England)
Mignolet (Sunderland); Rafael (Manchester United), Vertonghen (Tottenham), Chico (Swansea) and Baines (Everton); Arteta (Arsenal); Walcott (Arsenal), Cazorla (Arsenal) and Bale (Tottenham); Van Persie (Manchester United) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool).
Ligue 1 (France)
Kossi Agassa (Reims); Rudy Mater (Valenciennes), Sakho (Paris Saint-Germain), Carlos Henrique (Bordeaux) and Bernard Mendy (Brest); Gonalons (Lyon); Dossevi (Valenciennes), Valbuena (Marseille) and Yohan Mollo (St. Etienne); Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) and Aubameyang (St. Etienne).
Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover); Lahm (Bayern Munchen), Dante (Bayern Munchen), Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) and Oliver Sorg (Friburgo); Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munchen); Thomas Müller (Bayern Munchen), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) and Ribéry (Bayern Munchen); Lewandowski (Borussia Dormtund) and Stefan Kiessling (Leverkusen).
Following the articles published by Football Industry addressing the relationship between sports performance and average annual salaries paid per player by clubs, today we present this data for the 2011/2012 season.
In the 2011/2012 edition of Barclays Premier League, Manchester City won the championship presenting the highest average annual salary per player.
From a positive perspective, Swansea City and Norwich City managed to reach the 11th and 12th places recording only the 19th and 20th highest salary figures. In the opposite perspective, Aston Villa was the case with less success finishing in 16th place with the 7th highest average annual salary per player.
Only Manchester City reached the championship position corresponding to the ranking of average annual salary per player.
Overall, the average annual salary grew 4% between 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 from 2.47 to 2.56 million Euros. The amount paid by Manchester City was 4.8 times higher than the one of Wolverhampton, club with the lowest value.
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Change in the Global Average Annual Salary of the League between 10/11 and 11/12: + 4%
Note: Exchange Rate June 11, 2013: 1 GBP = 1.175 EUR
Throughout the 2012/2013 season, the clubs from the top 5 European leagues (Barclays Premier League, Serie A, Liga BBVA, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga) presented 14 different tactical formations. The highest diversity level was registered in the Italian League (11 different formations).
Currently, the most widely used option is “4-2-3-1” having been presented by more than half of the clubs, except in Italy. In the case of the Spanish League, it was adopted by 90% of the teams over the last season.
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Note: We only considered the tactical formations used by the clubs in more than 50% of their matches in the competitions mentioned above.
MLS Players Union periodically reveals MLS players salaries, representing an unique action in the football world, stating as two of the main arguments the fact that it allows a greater equity between players and rewards those who contribute more to the evolution of Major League Soccer, and the greater bargaining power of players gained through this entity
When the regular phase of the 2013 edition of Major League Soccer is taking place, Football Industry presents the top 20 salaries of the competition as well as the costs with salaries of each club (values to May 1, 2013).
The 20 Highest-Paid 2013 MLS Players
In the table below, we present the 20 players with the highest annual base salaries of MLS in 2013. In this ranking there is a great predominance of players who made the most of their careers in Europe, as are the cases of Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill. We also observe a very significant difference between the highest-paid (Robbie Keane, 3.1 million Euros) and the 20th-ranked (Darren O’Dea, 239 000 Euros). In this table, 10 players are forwards, 7 are midfielders, 2 can play as fowards or midfielders, and one is a defender. Seattle Sounders is the most represented club with 3 players.
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Salaries of the 2013 MLS Clubs
When analyzing the clubs participating in the 2013 MLS, one can see a great disparity between the New York Red Bulls and La Galaxy and the other MLS clubs. However, this distance fell between October 2012 and May 2013. The average annual base salary per club is 3.2 million Euros and 110,000 Euros per player.
On the other hand, there is also a large disparity between the highest-paid player of the club and his teammates. This difference is very pronounced especially in the case of LA Galaxy in which 44% of their base salary belongs to Robbie Keane.
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Notes: (1) Data from May 1, 2013, (2) Exchange Rate May 31, 2013: 1 USD = 0.769470 EUR; (3) For the purposes of analysis and simplification we only considered the base salaries of the players.
Clubs from the 2012/2013 edition of Serie A will receive 865 million Euros regarding the television (TV) rights of the competition.
The Italian league follows a centralized model of distribution of the TV revenues based on the following criteria: 40% of revenues are distributed equally among the clubs (17.3 million Euros per club), 25% are allocated according to the number of supporters of each club, 5% is shared according to the population of the clubs location, 5% as a result of the performance in last season, 15% according to the previous five seasons (07/08 to 11/12) and the remaining 10% are distributed according to the historical performance of the clubs between 1946/47 and 2006/07.
Juventus, 2012/2013 champions, will receive the highest amount among the 20 clubs who competed in Serie A (11% of the total amount). The ratio between the amount given to Juventus and the one belonging to Pescara (club with the lowest amount and last placed in 2012/2013 Serie A) is 4.45.
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After the huge on-pitch success of Bayern Munchen this season, the German club took the lead of the 2013 edition of the ranking compiled by Brand Finance which includes the 50 world’s most valuable football brands.
Inversely, Manchester United went on to take the second place in the ranking being, however, beyond Real Madrid, the only team with an AAA+ rating assigned by Brand Finance.
Spanish and Italian clubs have seen their growth be affected by adverse economic conditions. On the other hand, Brazilian and Turkish clubs registered significant growth rates associated with the emerging economies of their countries and the passion of their supporters.
The average growth of the 50 brands within the ranking was 7% adding together a total value of 6,647 million Euros. Currently, the 50 clubs represented are associated with 10 different suppliers of sports equipment (the lead belongs to Adidas with 18 clubs followed by Nike with 14).
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The ranking includes clubs from ten different countries being England and Germany the two ones most represented (14 and 8 clubs respectively) aggregating more than 50% of the total value of the 50 brands.
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Note: Exchange rate May 29, 2013: 1 USD = 0,772821 EUR.
UEFA Champions League final is the world’s most-watched annual sporting event on television and social media platforms.
FC Bayern München‘s victory against Borussia Dortmund was broadcasted in more than 200 countries to an estimated global average audience of 150 million and a projected global unique reach of over 360 million viewers.
UEFA.com registered a traffic increase with a 13% year-on-year growth in visits and 25% in visitors to the competition’s homepage.
UEFA also used key digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube, extending the number of followers of UEFA’s official social media channels to around the 22 million mark.
After the final of the UEFA Champions League, we present some key figures of the 2012/2013 edition regarding the games, teams and players that took part in this competition.
– Games: 124
– Teams: 32
– Players: 704 (average of 22 per team)
– Goals: 365 (2.9 per game)
– 1-15 Minute Goals: 41 (11.1%)
– 16-30 Minute Goals: 55 (14.9%)
– 31-45 Minute Goals: 61 (16.5%)
– Additional Time (1st half) Goals: 7 (1.9%)
– 46-60 Minute Goals: 59 (15.9%)
– 61-75 Minute Goals: 57 (15.4%)
– 76-90 Minute Goals: 68 (18.4%)
– Additional Time (2nd half) Goals: 22 (5.9%)
– Extra Time (1st half) Goals: 0 (0%)
– Extra Time (2nd half) Goals: 0 (0%)
– Offsides: 662 (5.3 per game)
– Fouls: 3,395 (27.4 per game)
– Corner Kicks: 1,296 (10.5 per game)
– Yellow cards: 545 (4.4 per game)
– Red Cards: 20 (0.2 per game)
– Top 3 Best Scorers: 1st – Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid (12 Goals, Accuracy 16%, scored every 90 minutes), 2nd – Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund (10 goals; Accuracy 22%, scored every 109 minutes); 3rd – Burak Yilmaz, Galatasaray (8 goals, 24% Accuracy, scored every 96 minutes)
– Top 3 Players with More Assists: 1st – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG (7), 2nd – Karim Benzema, Real Madrid (5), 3rd – Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid (5)
– Top 3 Players with More Shots on Target: 1st – Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid (53 shots, 4.4 per game), 2nd – Lionel Messi, Barcelona (28 shots, 2.5 per game), 3rd – Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund (26 shots, 2 per game)
– Teams with More Goals per game: 1st – Chelsea, England (2.67), 2nd – Bayern Munchen, Germany (2.38), 3rd – Real Madrid, Spain (2.17)
– Goals per Match Finalists: Bayern Munchen, Germany (2.38); Borussia Dortmund, Germany (1.85)
– Top 3 Teams with More Shots on Target: 1st – Real Madrid, Spain (135), 2nd – Borussia Dortmund, Germany (115), 3rd – Bayern Munchen, Germany (113)
– Commercial Gross Revenues (Euros): 1,340 million
– Revenues Distributed to Clubs (Euros): 910 million
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Forbes recently released the list of the 20 best-paid players in 2012. Together, these athletes received more than 332 million Euros representing an increase of 20% compared to 2011.
David Beckham continues to lead the list of the best-paid players having been his best year in terms of commercial revenues. The English player, the oldest of the 20 players on the list, managed to raise about 33.8 million Euros through its sponsorship contracts along with around 5 million in salary and bonuses through his contract with LA Galaxy. These values were mainly due to his relationship with adidas, Coty, Breitling and Chinese Super League since the salary earned in the club is the lowest in the Top 20.
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English players are the majority in number and value. The five English players on the list received 91.7 million Euros in 2012 being followed by the three Argentine players (59.6 million euros) and Cristiano Ronaldo (33.4 million Euros) from Portugal.
Regarding the championship(s) in which they played in 2012, the English Premier League (Barclays Premier League) dominates the list of the best-paid players since 12 of the 20 athletes competed in that league during this period (Didier Drogba only for 6 months) aggregating 201.2 million Euros. Spanish (Liga BBVA) and North American (Major League Soccer) leagues complete the podium.
With regard to the age of the players, 40% are less than 29 years-old (received 44% of the total amount in 2012), 20% is 29 years-old (received 17% of the total sum) and 40% have over 29 years-old (received 39% of the total amount). We can also see that 12 of them are forwards, 7 are midfielders and only 1 is a defender (John Terry).
Notes: (1) The amounts received by the athletes include their salary, performance bonuses and sponsorship contracts, (2) Exchange Rate April 26, 2013: 1 USD = 0.767430 EUR; (3) Amounts rounded to hundreds of thousands.
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