The cost of Calcio (1 Viewer)

K10

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Jul 12, 2002
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Italian football may be aware of the financial crisis in the sport but debt in the game continues to rise.

An investigation by the ‘La Repubblica’ newspaper claims that debt affecting Serie A clubs has risen by 14 per cent in the last year – now totalling a massive £360m.

Only the top-flight duo of Reggina and Bologna have actually made a profit in the last 12 months.

The newspaper has calculated that clubs on average are spending almost double the amount of their income.

Although the cost of player wages has decreased slightly, TV revenue has stayed the same, while running costs have increased by eight per cent.

Player salaries are thought to cost clubs a total of £600m a year, with the Italian giants logically shelling out the majority of that figure.

Especially when you take into account that Inter’s Christian Vieri nets a reported £4m, while Messina’s total wage bill is just £5m.

It was also calculated that Livorno would have to spend 21 years in the top-flight to earn as much as Juventus do in one season.

However, the amount of debt varies dramatically amongst Serie A’s big boys. Juve are alleged to be around £12m in the red, while Inter are an enormous £70m.
 
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K10

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Jul 12, 2002
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The part where Vieri earns $4 mil where as Messina's total wages sum up to $5 mil and also the part where Livorno would have to remain in top flight for 21 yrs to equal Juve's income for one season is quite astonishing. I really didn't know it was such a gap, and of that size.
 

Desmond

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Jul 12, 2002
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very.if you compare even salaries between top sports stars from america and those in europe,the difference can be to the tune of tens of millions a season.

clubs/teams there earn much more.
 

denco

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Jul 12, 2002
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Speaking of which will someone explain to me how teams like Lazio and Udinese try their damndest to qualify for Europe and then when they get there they play a second string club so as to rest their so called stars for the weekend serieA game. Surely their greater chance of winning silverware and getting soem much needed revenue is by trying their hardest to win the UEFA cup or at least go far in it and lets face it they are not gonna win the scudetto this season and are not likely to be relegated either so why on earth do they treat it with such disparagement?
 

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