The business of football stimulates many publications, studies and articles, which attempt to demonstrate an appreciation of the complex challenges and key issues faced by organisations connected with the football sector.


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Read more How does the popularity of major football clubs compare with global fashion brands?


Football is capable of producing prodigious emotions for the fans of a club. Fashion brands also stimulate abundant passion and a sense of belonging. Determining whether the popularity, brand awareness and emotion that a football club can generate can compare to a well-established fashion brand is impossible, but a review of social media statistics can provide a partial answer.

Read more Are some of the largest European clubs approaching €1 billion in fixed assets?


Based on publicly available financial statements for the 2013/14 season across the ‘big five’ European leagues, Manchester United FC is the club with the highest level of fixed assets. The club recorded fixed assets of just over EUR 750 million as properties (EUR 291 million), players’ registrations (EUR 255 million), and other fixed assets (EUR 206 million).

Read more Champions League earnings: past and future winners


In this article, KPMG Sports practice analyse the relationship between total staff costs incurred by clubs from the ‘big five’ leagues participating in the UCL and the revenues received from UEFA’s distribution system in the 2011/12-2013/14 period. 

Read more Can UEFA EURO 2016 take Ligue 1 to the next level?


Whilst Germany has fully capitalised on the stadium development opportunity offered through the hosting of the 2006 World Cup, it is commonly accepted that a number of the difficulties encountered by Italian clubs in the past several years are linked to the missed opportunity of developing state of the art venues for the 1990 World Cup. Can the stadium development plans associated with the EURO 2016 take French clubs to the next level?

Read more Can FC Barcelona reach EUR 1 billion turnover by 2021?


In June FC Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League after a 4-year hiatus and finished their exceptional season with a treble of trophies. However, the success of FC Barcelona is not limited to the football field as the club seems set on an upward trajectory in the financial sense as well.

Read more How top European clubs maximise their matchday revenue


The majority of European clubs tend to own their stadium. These top clubs generate a disproportionately large share of revenues compared to the rest of the clubs around Europe. This is partially due to the professional way they manage their facilities. Their ability to utilise their stadia are exemplary for most of the clubs with an ambition to grow.