Legia tops Poland’s richest football clubs list

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For the straight third year, reigning Poland champions, Legia Warszawa has topped the Deloitte ranking for the biggest revenue, raking in PLN 94.9 million in 2013 (up from PLN 66.4 million in 2012). Second club on the list, Lech Poznań had PLN 49.3 million in revenue last year, while Zagłębie Lubin (which was relegated from Ekstraklasa this season) was third with PLN 38.3 million revenue.

According to Deloitte analysts, one point in Esktraklasa cost on average PLN 633,000. Zagłębie Lubin had to pay the most (PLN 1.6 million) for every point it won, while Piast Gliwice had to pay the least (PLN 203,000).

The most crucial figure in the report is the income-to-wages ratio. According to Deloitte experts, the best ratio is 60 percent, however on average, Polish clubs spent 78 percent of their income on salaries, with Wisła Kraków spending as much as 147 percent of their revenue on players wages (Lechia Gdańsk spent the least – 51 percent).

Despite the 8 percent overall increase in revenue, the gap between Ekstraklasa and other European leagues is still huge. Polish top-tier clubs earned €90 million overall last year, while Scottish ones took up €157 million, Austrian €158 million and Belgian €272 million. The distance to the top leagues is way bigger. In 2013, the best earning league was English Premier League, which clubs had nearly €3 billion revenue.

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