Matt Scott: Crisis, what crisis? Football thrives amid economic turmoil, for now

"With the glamour and opportunity also comes responsibility." Michel Platini

Those were the words with which UEFA's president introduced its interim club-licensing benchmarking report. It is a study that makes for fascinating reading and, to a certain extent, Europe's top clubs have demonstrated they recognise the Platini creed.

Despite the ongoing economic crisis that has seized the global financial system since 2008, club revenues grew almost 7% year on year between 2011 and 2012, to €8.1 billion. It means that the combined incomes of the 237 UEFA-licensed clubs studied in the report have, on a compound basis, risen almost exactly a third - by 33.28% - since the financial crisis struck five years ago.
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