How do Tottenham stand with regards to UEFA’s pending ruling

Tottenham Hotspur FC: White Hart LaneIt is likely that in 2013 UEFA will implement a new set of fair play rules. UEFA will stipulate clubs to be more self-sufficient. The result will be that clubs with the largest revenues will be able to spend the most money. This has been seen, in many ways, as a fair system and will prevent rich owners from dramatically changing the face of a domestic football league.

This has been seen in England in the last ten years with the extravagant spending by Chelsea and Manchester City. Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour are among the richest men in the world and have had a dramatic effect on English football.

What I want to look at here is the revenue stream of Tottenham. Why is revenue important? It is that figure that will dictate how much money clubs will be able to spend in the future.

2010 Total Revenue (£m)
1 R. Madrid 438.6
2 Barcelona 398.1
3 Man Utd. 349.8
4 Bayern 323
5 Arsenal 274.1
6 Chelsea 255.9
7 Milan 235.8
8 Liverpool 225.3
9 Inter 224.8
10 Juventus 205
11 Man City 152.8
12 Tottenham 146.3
13 Hamburg 146.2
14 Lyon 146.1
15 Marseille 141.1
16 Schalke 139.8
17 Atlético 124.5
18 Roma 122.7
19 Stuttgart 114.8
20 Aston Villa 109.4

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In 2010, Tottenham were ranked 12th in the Money League. This is a rise from 2009, were they were ranked 15th. Tottenham secure high revenue streams in 2010, despite not playing in the Champions League for the 2009/10 season. With this in mind, Tottenham are likely to see their revenue increase even more in 2011 due to the large match-day income and broadcasting revenue that being in the Champions League provides.

However, Tottenham’s main limitation will be the size of White Hart Lane. At 36,240 Tottenham have one of the smallest grounds of any club in the Money League. This puts a serious restraint on match-day income.

2010 Match-day £m/home game Average £/attendee
(pos.) revenue (£m) attendance
1 R. Madrid 128.1 74,894
2 Man United 122.4 3.6 74,304 48
3 Arsenal 114.7 3.5 59,765 59
4 Barcelona 97.8 77,913
5 Chelsea 82.1 2.4 41,422 58
6 Bayern Mun. 66.7 2.7 68,853 25
7 Liverpool 52.4 1.6 42,863 37
8 Hamburger 49.3 1.9 55,240 29
9 Tottenham 44.9 1.5 36,240 41

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Tottenham may feature in the top 10, but make less than half the money of the highest ranking teams. Tottenham is able to earn more than German clubs who have big crowds but not able to compete with the biggest clubs from Spain and England because they cannot house as much corporate hospitality or the sheer number of supporters. This is because there grounds were built before such emphasis was given to this stream of income.

However, due to the £/attendee of supporters in England, clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool at Tottenham still make more on match-days than German sides Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and Hamburger. These teams all have stadiums capable of holding more people and average attendances of 73,097, 61,361 and 54,744 respectively. But still do not make as much as the top English clubs.

Interestingly enough, Tottenham may finish outside the top 4 this year in the Premier League and consequently not play Champions League football in the season 2011/12. This would the revenue from the expected figure in 2011, but would not have a dramatic impact on Tottenham’s standing as one of Europe’s top 20 clubs.

Even though Tottenham sit at 12th there is a huge gap between their revenue and the highest English club, Manchester United. If Tottenham continue to finish in the top 4 of the Premier League and play regular Champions League football they will begin to reduce this gap slightly, but the progress of Tottenham’s financial plans will rely heavily on the development of their stadium.

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