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2. FC Barcelona

2012 revenue 2011 revenue 2011 position
€483m (£390.8m) €450.7m (£407m) 2

FC Barcelona retain second place in the Money League behind Real Madrid for the fourth successive year and relinquished their La Liga crown to their great rivals in 2011/12. Even though the Catalans couldn’t quite match their unprecedented on-pitch success from 2010/11, the club enjoyed €32.3m (7%) revenue growth to €483m, and success in both the Spanish Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup made it a remarkable 14 trophies in four seasons for outgoing manager Pep Guardiola.

FC Barcelona

Revenue growth was driven almost exclusively by another significant increase in commercial revenue, with growth of €30.6m (20%) to €186.9m in 2011/12. Barcelona’s commercial revenues have now increased by €64.7m (53%) in the last two seasons. This is underpinned by their shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Sports Investments, which began in 2011/12 and was the most lucrative in world football, worth an estimated €30m a year, until Manchester United announced its new deal with Chevrolet, due to commence in the 2014/15 season. The club recently announced that Qatar Airways will replace Qatar Foundation as the logo on the club’s shirt from the 2013/14 season, marking the first time a for-profit entity has adorned the Catalans’ famous strip.

Matchday revenue of €116.3m (£94.1m) has increased by €5.6m (5%) from 2010/11, but Barcelona have now slipped behind Arsenal as the fourth highest revenue generating club from this source. The club played the same number of home matches in 2011/12 as in 2010/11 (29), and their average matchday revenue figure of €4m has increased by €0.2m compared with the prior year. Barca’s average home league match attendance was 75,069 in 2011/12.

Broadcast revenue has decreased by €3.9m (2%) compared with 2010/11, from €183.7m to €179.8m (£145.5m), a result of the club’s semi-final Champions League exit and consequent reduction in central UEFA distributions - FC Barcelona received €40.6m in UEFA distributions in 2011/12 compared to €51m in 2010/11, when they won the competition. An increase in revenue from the club’s domestic league and cup rights deal with Mediapro helped mitigate this reduction.

Midway through the 2012/13 campaign, FC Barcelona look well-set to regain their La Liga title from their archrivals Real Madrid, and continued on-pitch success will be crucial as they look to bridge the €29.6m gap at the top of the Money League. Discussions are ongoing concerning the redevelopment of their historic Nou Camp home, and with Real Madrid currently planning enhancements to the Bernabeu, the dominance of Spain’s ‘big two’ at the top of the Money League may continue for some time yet.

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