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Premier League to be the most represented domestic league at Euro 2012

1 June 2012

A fifth of the players set to represent their national teams at UEFA Euro 2012 play for Premier League clubs, according to analysis by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.

13% of players at the tournament play their domestic football in the Bundesliga, 9% in La Liga and 8% in Serie A.  In addition to the Premier League providing 20% of the players for the tournament, there will be a further five players from last season’s Championship teams.

Dan Jones, Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, commented: “The strong representation of the Premier League at UEFA Euro 2012 is a further demonstration of its global appeal and attractiveness to many of the world’s best players. It is notable how closely the representation from the different leagues mirrors the financial scale of the leagues set out in our Annual Review of Football Finance.”

The Annual Review of Football Finance, published earlier this week, showed Premier League clubs’ revenues increased by 12% to £2.3bn in 2010/11.  Broadcasting increased £138m (13%) to £1,178m; matchday revenues totalled £551m, up £20m (4%); and revenue from commercial sources grew £83m (18%) to £600m. The Premier League clubs’ revenues were over 40% more than the Bundesliga’s.  Spain was ranked in third for revenues, though heavily dependent on its two big clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Italy was ranked fourth. Russia was ranked sixth, but is noticeably closing the gap on France in fifth.

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Notes to Editors:
UEFA Euro 2012 squads – by leagues represented

  No. of players %
English Premier League 74 20%
German Bundesliga 48 13%
Spanish La Liga 32 9%
Italian Serie A 31 8%
Russian Liga 29 8%
Ukraine Premier League 27 7%
French Ligue 1 25 7%
Greek Superleague 17 5%
Dutch Eredivisie 16 4%
Portuguese Liga 12 3%
Other 57 15%
     
Total 368  
  • In addition to Premier League providing 74 players, the Championship provides a further 5 players;

  • One of the 48 German Bundesliga players played for a Bundesliga 2 club in 2011/12 (Fortuna Duesseldorf) although promoted to top-flight at end of season;

  • Based on national team squads as submitted 29 May 2012 and the composition of club squads for the 2011/12 season.

About the Sports Business Group at Deloitte
Over the last 20 years Deloitte has developed a unique focus on the business of sport. Our specialist Sports Business Group offers a multi-disciplined expert service with dedicated people and skills capable of adding significant value to the business of sport. Whether it is strategic business reviews, operational turnarounds, revenue enhancement, stadium and facilities development plans, business planning, feasibility studies, economic impact studies, due diligence, benchmarking, reviews of sports regulations, market analysis, corporate finance advisory work, valuations and bid support on acquisitions and disposals; we have worked with more clubs, leagues, governing bodies, stadia developers, event organisers, commercial partners, financiers and investors than any other adviser.

For further information on our services you can access our website at: http://www.deloitte.co.uk/sportsbusinessgroup

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