Foreign Money and Coaching Sees English Clubs Dominate in Europe Again
For the second time in three years the UEFA Champions League final will be an all-English affair, with the financial might of the Premier League and the backing of mega-rich owners helping clear the path to Istanbul for Chelsea and Manchester City.
They initially signed up for the breakaway Super League, along with the rest of England’s so-called ‘Big Six’, before withdrawing from the controversial plan.
The Super League could never have gone ahead without the biggest clubs from the Premier League, but England’s giants had the least to gain from it.
The English top flight is by far the most lucrative in Europe, with broadcasting deals that dwarf those elsewhere.
That allowed Liverpool to collect 152.4 million pounds ($211m) in prize money in 2018/19, the last full season before the pandemic. Even relegated Huddersfield Town picked up 96.6 million pounds, more than Bayern Munich got for winning the Bundesliga.
Such rewards have helped establish the Premier League at the forefront of European football. In terms of English dominance in Europe, we have been here before.
In 2019, as Liverpool …
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