European Football is Nearing a New “Big Bang”

Authored by: Vincent Chaudel

Routledge Handbook of Football Marketing

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138289321
eBook ISBN: 9781315267203
Adobe ISBN: 9781351972369


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The draw of the Champions League took place Thursday, August 28, 2014. Only 334 points separated France (6th) from Russia (7th) in the UEFA index. Beyond the sporting prestige, the entire economy of French football finds itself in the risk zone, and it may suffer permanently from a counter-performance from our clubs in the Champions League and Europa League 2014/2015. How to explain that the second strongest economic power in Europe could be at the brink of a sporting “relegation”?

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