The European club season culminated this weekend with a Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool. This is the first final of the Premier League Champions League since Manchester United beat Chelsea on a foul shot in Moscow in 2008.
Liverpool finished second in the Premier League with 97 points, just one less than champion Manchester City. Tottenham has stumbled in 4th position with a score of 71 points, one point less than Chelsea, and one point more than Arsenal.
Liverpool and Shpor twice played each other in the Premier League, and Liverpool each time won 2: 1. Liverpool finished second after PSG in Group C, but lost only to third place. Napoli »By goal difference after the victory over the Italian side 1: 0 in the last group. a game. Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona were defeated in knockout rounds.
Spurs also had to get by with qualifications from the group stage as the second best – in this case, finishing behind Barcelona in Group B. In the 6th round, Spurs played a draw with Barcelona in Camp Nou, but second place was secured only after “ Inter could not win. PSV.
UEFA Europa League Final in Azerbaijan, now attention is drawn to the upcoming UEFA Champions League final, which will be held on June 1 in Madrid. In this final two more English teams fight for the trophy in a country where European competitions, as a rule, remain.
For the first time, all four teams in the European finals were English. And the commercial success of the English Premier League begs the question of whether money was the driving force behind the success of these teams on the field.
In terms of overall success, the English Premier League dominates European football when it comes to revenue, leaving the rest of the league far behind. According to the latest annual review of football finance Deloitte, the total income of the English Premier League in the season 2017-18 amounted to 5.44 billion euros. This is almost the same as the following two leagues in the rankings made up from Germany: the German Bundesliga (3.17 billion euros) and La Liga Spain (3.1 billion euros).
But EPL’s astounding commercial success is an older phenomenon. Over the past decade, he topped the ranking of football finance. To see how this leads to success on the field in European competitions is relatively new. In the end, historically, it was the European clubs that dominated European competitions, winning trophy after trophy from the beginning of 2000s.
When we look at the incomes of specific clubs, the picture becomes a bit more complicated. The most financially successful English club has always been Manchester United, which also historically headed the European money ratings and only this season reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but could not qualify in 2020.
According to a detailed breakdown of the financial performance of Deloitte, the football league, Real Madrid became the most productive European team, then Barcelona and then Manchester United. Income received by the two Champions League finalists, Liverpool and Tottenham in the 2017–18 season, ranked seventh and tenth, respectively.
Nevertheless, money clearly plays a role in a modern competitive sports ecosystem. Although this relationship may not be a direct analogy to “money equals automatic victory,” since a number of clubs on Deloit’s list have not won a European trophy for years, this suggests that both are related. Liverpool and Tottenham may not be at the top of the league tables, but they still occupy fairly high places.
It is also useful to see how clubs spend their incomes and how much they can succeed by buying the best players. Tottenham did not spend money on new players in 2018–19, but spent 123.4 million euros in 2017–18, including 28.9 million euros for player Lukas Moura, who played an important role in their conclusion to the final.
Tottenham spent most of his existence in the Premier League in the shadow of Arsenal’s London rivals, who dominated the league at the beginning of the 21st century and in 2004 became the first team to finish the season without losing a single game.
Meanwhile, Tottenham ended this season in 14th place, gaining only half the points of his bitter rivals. The club was saved from obscurity in the middle of the table from an unlikely source – a teenager who left Wales. Gareth Bale came to Tottenham as an unknown person and was almost written off as a failure when he failed to win a single game in his first 24 games.