November 2 – Being the poor relation doesn’t necessarily mean poverty. UEFA’s 56 Europa League clubs shared €411.1 million in payments for the last season of competition. Although a far cry from the €1.345 billion shared by the 42 Champions League clubs, it was a whopping €240 million increase on the 2014/15 season.
Losing finalists Liverpool (€37.8 million), Tottenham Hotspur FC (€20.8 million), Villareal (€16.4 million) and S.S. Lazio (€15.3 million), were the highest earning clubs.
Sevilla, who won the Europa League, received €13.8 million, less than Liverpool as Sevilla entered the competition at the 32-club knockout round and so missed the performance bonuses of the group matches. Sevilla earned €21.1 million from the Champions League participation.
Europa League clubs receive €2.4 million for participation at the group stages and then more for group wins or draw, as well as a share of the market pool based on the size of their domestic TV market and the rights fees spent on the championship.
The 24 clubs qualifying to the round of 32, where they join eight clubs knocked out of the Champions League, receive a further €500,000.
Payments for the round of 16 go up to €750,000, €1 million for quarter final qualification and €1.5 million for semi-finals. The winner of the Europa League receives €6.5 million and #3.5 million goes to the losing finalist.
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