How has European football changed in the past decade? The answer is a lot.
Jose Mourinho is at the peak of his power
So does Inter Milan. At 47, Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto and two Premier League titles with Chelsea. He led Inter to the 2009 Champions League group stage, followed by the unimaginable in the knockout round. In the eighth round, they defeated his former team, Chelsea, will win the Premier League later. And after easily passing CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals, he sent a serious warning to the mighty Barca dynasty.
And Inter beat the defending European champions at San Siro, then stood firm after a trip to Barcelona with a 1-1 loss. This resulted in them reaching the Champions League final, where they won 2-0 against Bayern Munich to complete the treble of Italy: Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia.
A week after winning the trophy, Mourinho went to Real Madrid, where he and Pep Guardiola created one of the most intriguing confrontations that Barca-Real had ever witnessed. Even from 2010 and 2012, this is the biggest confrontation in the world and it started with Inter 3, Barca 1.
In contrast, Inter declined gradually after Mourinho left. They hold 2nd place in Serie A in 2011 but have not been higher than 4th place or reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup since. They are currently in third place this season when Serie A has been postponed by the corona virus.
Turnover of 91 million euros is considered good
According to the UEFA Annual Club Licensing Benchmarking Report, the Bundesliga teams had an average revenue of € 91 million per team in 2010, ranking second among the European leagues. However, in 2018, the most recent reporting time, the Bundesliga was only ranked fourth.
We still call Europe’s top five leagues Big Big. But in a way, it’s hard to say in a world where the average Premier League team earns (€ 272 million) the same amount as the La Liga and Serie A teams combined.
And while the UK continues to grow at a dizzying pace compared to any other tournament, the Big Five makes itself different from the rest of Europe. Although revenue has increased almost globally, the Big Five still grows an average of 83% and the rest of Europe is below 30%.