Participating in the Champions League isn’t just about playing among the top clubs in Europe, the competition is also a lucrative opportunity for those who qualify.
Antonio Conte led Tottenham Hotspur to fourth place in the Premier League last season, thus ensuring the North London club’s place in the group stages of this year’s Champions League.
Spurs will host Marseille at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening in their Group D opener. It’s sure to be a tough task, with Marseille unbeaten in Ligue 1 so far this season.
This is Tottenham’s first taste of Champions League action in over two years. The Lilywhites crashed out in the second round back in 2020 after a 4-0 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig.
Spurs had reached the final in the previous year under Mauricio Pochettino. Now, with Antonio Conte at the helm, expectations are high for Tottenham to put together another run in the competition.
Doing so would certainly prove beneficial to Spurs in more ways than one. According to data collected by The Express, simply being a part of the group stages earns a club £13.48 million.
Of the £1.727 billion allocated to the 32 teams competing in the Champions League, 25% is split evenly as a starting fee. Another 60% is used for match-related bonuses, with the remaining amount earmarked for broadcasting funds.
A win in the Champions League group stage earns a club a £2.4 million bonus, while a draw brings in £802,000. So, even a poor performance in the early stages of the competition can lead to a tidy sum for any club.
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One would hope Spurs can make it beyond the group stages of this year’s Champions League, but it’s good to know there’s plenty of revenue to be earned in the competition. Of course, we all want to see Spurs do well because of the signal this would send to the other big teams in Europe, but financial gain is also important to the future of any club.
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