FIFA report underlines England’s global financial dominance – new countries moving towards the top leaving proud nations behind

9 January 2020

Photo: Getty Images Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Marcos Rojo of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on October 20, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

FIFA’s professional football report shows English clubs spending as much as those in 206 countries combined. 90 per cent countries spend more on EPL TV rights than their clubs do on players.

New countries on the rise in terms of transfer purchasing power leaving countries like Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and Belgium behind.

The German Bundesliga is trying to close the gap to the EPL – but still German clubs only spend a quarter of the amount English clubs paid for foreign players.

One expert still believes EPL will be able to grow their broadcasting revenues. And one “new” country is predicted to be the big driver.

Survey shows world football to be mostly parochial, amateurish, underdeveloped and poor.

James Corbett

New research by FIFA has laid bare English football’s dominance in the global football economy and the extent of the gap between the haves and have nots of the world game.

FIFA’s annual Professional Football Report, surveying the federation’s 211 member associations, shows a world game dominated by the wealth of the ‘big five’ European nations – particularly England. 

It also shows a sport in which emerging powers, like China, Saudi Arabia and even Egypt, are overtaking some of football’s traditionally more established names in terms of transfer purchasing power.

Do you want to read this article?

Get instant access by signing up for a 7-day free trial

No credit card, no commitments and it will expire automatically.

You will receive a link that activates your trial in an email.