The column ‘Finance Football’ tackles the economic aspects of the world’s favorite pastime, taking a closer look at the commercial side of the game. In the Forth edition we look at Barcelona Joan Gaspart, Joan Laporta who had/have to contest with Florentino Perez’ Real Madrid and his successor Ramon Calderon who was in charge of the Spanish capital outfit before the former returned in 2009. Read “Financial Analysis On Perez’s Galacticos Policy And FC Barcelona’s Rise | Part 1” here Even though Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea FC are set to lock horns this weekend, it’s La Liga face-off between Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid that truly deserves the tag “Billion Euro Match”. While the ascension of the English pairing more or less has been financed by the generosity of very wealthy individuals, Barcelona and Madrid success hasn’t found its origins in the bank account of a billionaire owner. For better or worse these clubs were forced to formulate […]

Spain is the home of world-renowned artists, musicians, athletes, some of the finest football teams in history, yet it is also the nation with the most boring top flight among all of Europe’s major leagues. Despite recent setbacks – if Spain’s defeat at the finals of the Confederations Cup and the exits of Barcelona and Real Madrid at semi-final stage of the Champions League can be considered as such – Spanish football must still be considered the benchmark for excellence, at least at international level. Whereas Brazil’s success at the Confederations Cup was somewhat surprising, it’s neither proof of Spain’s regression nor evidence for the superiority of the Selecao. It’s a final that Spain lost. No more, no less. Bottom line: The Spanish National Team did reach the finals of yet another international tournament. Something a host of teams have failed to accomplish in years, if not decades. Even Spain’s U21 set-up is in a very good shape. Spain’s next generation […]