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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It is a thought that comes up often among those who follow football and discusses it daily: “teams, after being eliminated in the UEFA competitions, tend to show a poorer form.” Is this statement true?
In this context, Football Industry analyzed the performance of the 240 teams that participated in the last three editions of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League (2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012) in the three games before their elimination in these competitions comparing them with the three games held after this event.
In the three seasons analyzed, the majority of the teams presented a poorer form after being eliminated in the UEFA competitions. Thus, in 2009/2010, 43% of the teams had worse outcomes after finishing their participation in these competitions. This value was 48% in 2010/2011 and 40% in 2011/2012.
Overall, the values ​​are the following ones:
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However, these values ​​differ depending on the league in which the team participates. Thus, we present below, the analysis of the performance of the teams after their elimination in UEFA competitions, by country:
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Regarding the leagues considered more competitive, the so-called Big 5 (Germany, Spain, France, England and Italy), we can observe that most of the teams from Germany, Spain and Italy had poorer results, while in the case of the English teams there is an equal number of clubs with a better and worse record and, in the case of the French teams, they tend to register better results after being eliminated from UEFA competitions.
Overall, in 15 of the 33 countries, clubs experienced a poorer form, in 8 cases better results, and in 2 there were no changes. In other countries there were equal percentages in two or more fields (eg. equal number of teams that have improved and worsened their form).
Notes: (1) UEFA competitions matches were not considered in the analysis of the performance of the teams before and after their elimination in these competitions (only were considered national competitions), (2) The analysis was performed from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League onwards.
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Since the 92/93 season, the formerly known European Champions Clubs ‘Cup started to be called UEFA Champions League.
In this article, we present the number of clubs per championship that reached each stage of this competition allowing us to build a ranking of them. This analysis allows us to check which countries contribute most to the diversity of clubs present at UEFA Champions League.
The article is focused on the period between the seasons of 94/95 and 2012/2013 since the format adopted in 92/93 and 93/94 does not match the current one, given that it presented a knockout phase followed by two groups from which the two finalists were determined.
It is also important to note that from 97/98 the group stage started presenting six groups (previously were only 4), between 99/00 and 2002/2003 there were two group stages, and the fact that the round of 16 has only appeared in the end of the 2003/2004 season.
Group Stage
Since the 94/95 season, 126 clubs, from 31 countries, participated in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The majority of these clubs compete in the so-called top 5 European leagues (Big 5), namely, Spain, Germany, France, England and Italy, consisting of 40.5% of the total number of clubs.
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Round of 16
53 clubs, from 16 countries, have competed in the round of 16, a stage that only appeared in the 2003/2004 season, with the ranking being, again, led by Spain with 10 clubs and the remaining Big 5 (64.2% of clubs).
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Quarter Finals
Like the previous phase, the ranking of participation in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League is led by Spain and the other Big 5, gathering, as a whole, 63.8% of the total number of clubs. 47 clubs, from 16 countries, have competed in this stage.
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Semi Finals
Regarding the semi finals, we can observe once more the domain of the Big 5 and the leadership of Spain along with England (5 clubs). 80.8% of the clubs are from these 5 championships. 26 clubs, from 9 countries, participated in this stage.
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Concerning UEFA Champions League’s Final, since 94/95 it was played by 16 different clubs from 7 countries. In the main phase of the competition, England has been the country with the highest number of clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United).
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Note: This article does not intend to show the number of participations per club and country but the number of different clubs from each championship that achieved each phase of the UEFA Champions League, since 94/95.
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Football Industry starts publishing today a set of articles that examine the relationship between sporting performance and the average annual salaries paid per player by clubs.
In the edition of 2010/2011 of the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United won the competition presenting the third highest annual average salary per player.
From a positive perspective, West Bromwich achieved the eleventh position in the competition with only the eighteenth highest salary value. In the opposite perspective, West Ham was the case with less success finishing in last place with the twelfth highest average annual salary per player.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Sunderland and Wigan presented the same position in the salaries ranking as they did in the competition.
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