How many million dollars did Barcelona lose due to their elimination in the Champions League group zone

The 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich and elimination in the group area of ​​the Barcelona in the Champions League constitutes a tough sport fall, but also economic for the former team of Lionel Messi. It was in the 2000/2001 season The last time that the culé team was left out in the initial instance of the main club tournament in the Old World and now it will try to recover part of those lost in the Europa League.

In the budget voted for this season, Barcelona contemplated reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Its elimination is therefore a severe economic blow for USD 23 million (20.2 million euros, reaching eighth is 9.60 million and fourth, 10.6 million). Barcelona already won USD 17.7 million (15.64 million euros) For playing the group stage, more prizes for points and victories achieved in the tournament.

Anyway, his “descent” to the Europa League, and although the prizes are lower than the Champions League, Barcelona could recover up to USD 16.9 million (14.9 million euros) if he won the tournament, so according to the established budget, he would end up losing USD 6 million (5.3 million euros). If instead he were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Europa League, he would win USD 7.1 million (6.3 million euros) so the global loss would be USD 15.9 million (14 million euros).

The last Assembly had approved losses of 481 million euros in the 2020/21 season with 637 votes in favor (89%), 39 against and 42 abstentions, and for the current one, a budget of 765 million, with 94 percent of the votes in favor (against 631 of 2020/21 and 855 of 2019/20). If the previous board of directors of Josep Bartomeu contemplated a fall in income of 330 million for 2020/21 (and another 94 million had already been lost in 2019/20) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the current board of directors, chaired by Joan Laporta, lowered this figure to 217 million. But the numbers would only fit if Barcelona qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Oscar Mingueza and Thomas Muller dispute the ball (REUTERS / Andreas Gebert)

According to the accounts closed as of June 30, 2021 (before the signing of a macro loan from the investment group Goldman Sachs), the long-term debt of the club was then at 554 million euros, 25.1 percent more than the previous year, although the debt maturing in the next twelve months was reduced to 596 million compared to more than 730 million at the end of the previous year.

At the end of the last fiscal year, the consolidated net worth was negative by 450.7 million euros, while the consolidated balance sheet showed a negative working capital of 553.4 million.

All the numbers of this economic crisis of Barcelona and the concrete possibility that the club does not participate in the knockout stages of the Champions League after twenty seasons (in 2000/2001 it did not participate in the Champions League because it could only access the Copa de la UEFA, today the “Europa League”), have an intimate relationship with the future of sports, a few days after the winter market opens and the possibility of making some signings, although for the moment the club’s leadership only contemplates bringing players in loan condition, while waiting for the recovery of two important securities such as Ansu Fati (It is believed that he will be able to return on December 18, by the league) and Pedri (He will return in January 2022).

Barcelona also wants to ease its economy with some exits of players from the squad in this winter market. The first candidate is the French central marker Samuel umtiti, who charges 13 million euros per year and refused to undergo knee surgery in 2018, did not play any game in the current season and will try to sell it or transfer it to another club and, if it does not materialize, it is even contemplated give him the free pass.

Another player with a starting card is the Dutch striker Luke De Jong, which is not taken into account by Xavi Hernández, and who arrived from Sevilla at the request of his compatriot Ronald Koeman when he was the technical director. The juvenile Alex Collado could stop at Alavés or Granada, while the Brazilian goalkeeper grandson He stated that he wants to play more minutes, relegated to the substitute bench, and an exit does not look bad, taking into account that Xavi trusts Iñaki Peña, from the Barça youth squad. Another with chances to leave is the American right back Sergiño Dest, because since January the Brazilian Daniel Alves will be able to play, who returns to the club to play in that position, and also Sergi Roberto can work in that sector.

Another of Barcelona’s great movements for the coming years is the remodeling of its stadium, Campo Nou. The leadership is already clear that in the 2023/24 season it will be necessary to find where to play at home in what will be the second of the four years of the project “Barça space”, A whole new installation that will generate a great zonal change. In the last two years the return to the Camp Nou is contemplated, but with some parts still closed until the work is finished.

Among the possible stadiums for the locality, the Olímpico de Montjuic (where Espanyol and the Spanish team have already played), the Johan Cruyff (with much smaller capacity) and even the Bombonera de Corneliá, the new Espanyol stadium, are studied. All this movement would be financed by the Goldman Sachs group.

In 2000/2001, the last time Barcelona were eliminated from a Champions League group stage. Since then, the initial phase has always passed and won 4 titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011 and 2014/2015), all with Leo Messi. He then reached the semifinals and quarterfinals six times and reached the knockout stages three times. While in this period, the only opportunity in which he did not participate was in 2003/2004.


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