THE MOST SUCCESSFUL & RICHEST FOOTBALL CLUBS IN THE WORLD – 2013 by Cem Sezgin

21 Sep

CEM SEZGIN’s ANALYSIS OF MOST SUCCESSFUL & RICHEST FOOTBALL CLUBS IN THE WORLD – SEASON 2013

As “Industrial Football” gained popularity – particularly in last two decades, ranking football clubs has become very common. These rankings which are on financial grounds as one would imagine, are based on similar or at least to some extent correlated criterias. As a consequence, their results are not dramatically different and I have referred to the most respected rankings covering this topic. Yet, in my analysis I am linking all these “financial” lists, to the most known “success based” list – the UEFA Rankings. The very idea behind this exercise is simply my quest for answering the questions such as “Do you need to be rich to be successful?” (Or vice versa) and “Do biggest spenders achieve the greatest success?”

The table below is a combination of five different rankings:

  1. The first one is the UEFA Team Rankings – based on the success of teams. This ranking is the cumulative of 5 UEFA team coefficients in the last 5 years. These coefficients are computed as the sum of the number of points of each single team plus 20% of each team’s country coefficient.
  2. The second one is Deloitte Football Money League – “a classical” reference which ranks the football clubs based on their revenues, which are grouped under 3 major categories: Matchday, Broadcasting & Commercial. The list used was published in January 2013 – being the 16th edition.
  3. The third one is the Forbes Football Rich List. The values of the clubs are estimated based on past transactions, market value, debt and stadium. The list is being published annually since 2007.
  4. The fourth one is Transfermarkt’s Squad Value Ranking. This list ranks the soccer club’s based on market values – summing up the market value of each player in that team’s squad.
  5. The fifth & the final list is Brand Finance’s Football 50 – Counting down world’s most valuable football brands. The list is compiled using, public information regarding market share, market growth & company financials. Deloitte Football Money League is a major source for the list, but as there are other criterias; the two lists are not identical.

CEM SEZGIN’S COMBINED FOOTBALL RANKINGS TABLE – SEASON 2013

No

UEFA Team Rankings

Season: 2013 (May)

Revenue Ranking

Deloitte Football Money League Jan.2013

Value Ranking 

Forbes Football Rich List Apr.2013

Squad Value Ranking

Transfermarkt 2013

Brand Ranking 

Brand Finance May 2013

1

FC Barcelona

Real Madrid

Real Madrid

FC Barcelona

Bayern   Munich

2

Bayern   Munich

FC Barcelona

Manchester United

Real Madrid

Manchester United

3

Chelsea

Manchester United

FC Barcelona

Manchester   City

Real Madrid

4

Real Madrid

Bayern   Munich

Arsenal

Bayern   Munich

FC Barcelona

5

Manchester United

Chelsea

Bayern   Munich

Manchester United

Chelsea

6

Arsenal

Arsenal

AC Milan

Chelsea

Arsenal

7

Internazionale

Manchester   City

Chelsea

Juventus

 

Liverpool

8

FC   Porto

AC Milan

Juventus

 

Paris Saint Germain

Manchester   City

9

Benfica

Liverpool

Manchester   City

Arsenal

AC Milan

10

Valencia

Juventus

 

Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur

Borussia Dortmund

11

Atlético

Madrid

Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspur

Borussia Dortmund

Schalke 04

12

Olympique Lyonnaise

Internazionale

Schalke 04

Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur

13

Shakhtar   Donetsk

Tottenham Hotspur

Borussia Dortmund

Atlético

Madrid

Juventus

 

14

AC Milan

Schalke 04

Internazionale

Napoli

 

Ajax

15

Schalke 04

Napoli

 

Olympique Lyonnaise

Zenit   St. Petersburg

Internazionale

16

Olympique Marseille

Olympique Marseille

Corinthians

AC Milan

Hamburger   SV

17

Liverpool

Olympique Lyonnaise

Napoli

 

Internazionale

Galatasaray

18

CSKA Moscow

Hamburger   SV

Hamburger   SV

FC   Porto

Olympique Marseille

19

Paris Saint-Germain

AS Roma

Olympique Marseille

Benfica

Corinthians

20

Juventus

 

Newcastle   United

Newcastle   United

CSKA   Moscow

Napoli

 

21

Zenit   St. Petersburg

Valencia

 

Newcastle United

Olympique Lyonnaise

22

Manchester City

Benfica

Anzhi

Fenerbahçe

23

Sporting CP Lisbon

Atlético

Madrid

AS Roma

Bayer Leverkusen

24

Tottenham   Hotspur

Ajax

Schalke 04

Paris Saint-Germain

25

Dinamo Kiev

VfB Stuttgart

Valencia

VfB Stuttgart

26

Villarreal

Everton

Fiorentina

Valencia

27

Ajax

Aston Villa

Shakhtar   Donetsk

Wolfsburg

28

PSV Eindhoven

Fulham

Fenerbahçe

AS Roma

29

Sporting Braga

Sunderland

Galatasaray

West Ham United

30

Metallist Kharkiv

Galatasaray

Bayer Leverkusen

Newcastle   United

 Remarks
  • Rankings do change – almost all the time, for this reason; I have paid special attention to use data belonging to the year 2013 or the season 2012/13.
  • Not all rankings cover the same number of clubs. Therefore I set the common denominator as 30, with one exception – Forbes.  This is because the Forbes ranks only top 20 clubs.
  • Deloitte ranks top 20 clubs as well, but also pulishes a list named “Clubs Immediately Below The Money League Top 20”,   listing 11 more clubs.
  • UEFA Team Rankings (naturally) lists only European teams. All other lists are international but as one can, they are almost fully dominated by European Clubs.

EUROPE RULES & THE BIG FIVE LEAGUES DOMINATE

The “Big 5” Leagues (England, Spain, Germany, Italy & France) dominate all the lists. 12 teams from 4 countries succeeded in appearing all 5 lists. Half of these are English. 6 from England (Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City & Tottenham Hotspur), 3 from Italy (AC Milan, Internazionale, Juventus), 2 from Spain (FC Barcelona, Real Madrid), 1 from Germany (Bayern Munich).

Corinthians is the only non European team to take place in those lists – appearing both on Forbes & Brand Finance rankings. It is also present in Deloitte’s list at #31 as the last club listed, but as only the top 30 are taken; it does not demonstrated in the table.

League / Competition (Country)

UEFA

Deloitte

Forbes

Transfermarkt

Brand Finance

Premier   League (England)

6

11

7

7

8

La Liga   (Spain)

5

5

2

4

3

Bundesliga   (Germany)

2

5

4

4

7

Serie A   (Italy)

3

4

4

6

5

Ligue 1   (France)

3

2

2

1

3

Eredivisie   (The Netherlands)

2

1

1

Supertaça (Portugal)

4

1

2

Süperlig (Turkey)

1

2

2

Premier   League (Ukraine)

3

1

Premier   League (Russia)

2

3

Série   A (Brazil)

1

1

Share of Europe’s “Big 5” Leagues (%)

63,3

90

95

73

86,7

Remarks Sponsor names of the competitions are not displayed in the above table.

CAN MONEY BUY HAPPINESS?

The answer is “not necessarily”. But I will be reserving the details for another article. As for now, I can say there are some basic facts – like the tables above demonstrate. For example:

  • In all 4 of the “financial lists”, the “Big 5” nations dominate. But in the UEFA Rankings, three other nations – Portugal, Ukraine & Russia, emerge as challengers. In terms of squad value, the picture is similar.
  • Turkey despite being presented in three of the those 4 list, does not have a team among the Top 30 in UEFA Rankings.
  • Tottenham Hotspur with no major success and cup titles neither in European competitions or Premier League for more than decades managed to take place in all 5 lists.
  • Manchester City – a top 10 club in all 4 rankings, stands at only #22 in UEFA Rankings.
  • German teams appear to be quite wealthy, but it is only Bayern Munich & Schalke 04 to make top 30 in UEFA Rankings.
  • Despite winning the league title in 2011/12 season & becoming runners-up in both Bundesliga & the Champions League in 2012/13, Borussia Dortmund could not make the top 30 list in UEFA Rankings, missing the target very narrowly as it stood at no 31. The team is well presented in all other 4 lists.
  • The examples go on and on…

Please post your comments. As my motto is “The truth has only one version, but points of view are limitless“. You can also share your detailed comments with me via sezgincem@gmail.com

Best Regards,

Mustafa CEM SEZGİN, Istanbul – Turkey

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