Just two years after winning their first trophy, FC Nordsjælland from Denmark qualified for last season’s Champions League group stage. They drew one and lost five of their games and were on the receiving end of one of the Champions League’s worst ever piece of sporting behaviour, by a Shakhtar Donetsk player. Cash wise, they did all right.
They received €8.6m for reaching the group stage and €500k performance bonus but they also received 11.3m euro from the market pool. By comparison, Benfica received €2.3m, while Porto and Anderlecht each received 3.2m. Nordsjælland’s opponents in next week’s third qualifying round, Zenit, received €6m from the market pool, while Celtic received €8m.
Celtic, Nordsjælland and Ajax (€9.8m) benefited from being their country’s only participate in the group stage, and from having television deals which are comparatively better than their east European competitors (Bate Borisov earned €290k).
Juventus and Milan, being Italy’s only two representatives, cleaned up, earning €44.8m and €36.2m respectively from the market pool. By comparison, Arsenal, one of four from England, earned a more modest €15.8m.
In short, the lesson is, if you come from an small west-European league and want to earn money from the Champions League, it’s far better to be the only competitor from your territory. We shouldn’t forget this among all the complaints about having to play three qualifying rounds due to the lack of success in Europe by other Scottish clubs.
On the subject of which, good luck to St Johnstone tonight.
Gary Hooper wanted to go to Norwich City in January but the club, knowing his desire to leave Glasgow, offered a little over £2m for his services. In stepped the unintended stalking-horse, QPR boss, Harry Redknapp, who met Celtic’s valuation and forced Norwich City’s hand. City have returned to the table with an acceptable bid.
One rash club can cause havoc in the transfer market, even when they don’t buy a player.
Training for 1254125 10k is now underway. See yesterday’s article for sign-up details.
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