ANALYSE THIS: Premier League rich but performs below par

FOOTBALL – The Deloitte Money League has been released and unsurprisingly, the Euro Club Index ranking, which rates clubs based on performance, is highly correlated with this annual ranking of wealth. Four of the top-five clubs on the Deloitte list are also in the Euro Club Index top-10. Manchester United are the big exception at third in the Money League but ranked only 13th by the Euro Club Index. Another Premier League club, Liverpool, are the ninth richest in the world but are currently only just hanging onto a place in the Euro Club Index top-25. All nine Premier League clubs in Deloitte’s top-20 richest are ranked lower by the Euro Club Index.
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ANALYSE THIS: Big Spanish clubs almost certain of CL last 16

FOOTBALL – The Champions League kicks off this week and the big three Spanish clubs in Euro Club Index terms are all but certain of making the second round of the competition. The fourth Spanish team, Athletic Bilbao, have profited more than most from the draw which has increased their chances of joining the other La Liga clubs in the last 16.

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ANALYSE THIS: Euro Club Index – Chelsea and Liverpool on the rise

FOOTBALL – The two biggest matches in Europe this weekend involved London clubs playing the two Merseyside giants in the Premier League and after two away wins, the victors have both moved up a place in the Euro Club Index compared to last Tuesday. Every week at this time we will look at the changes in Euro Club Index rankings over the last seven days.
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ANALYSE THIS: CL draw system increases Group of Death chance

FOOTBALL – The Champions League draw pots for this evening are based on the UEFA coefficients for clubs at the end of last season. Those coefficients are based on a five year performance in European competition. In general, this system works reasonably well for teams which always participate in the Champions League or Europa League. The top three are Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich for example. The problem comes with clubs who have not always been present in the previous five years. Using the Euro Club Index as an alternative, we can identify teams who have been misclassified in this year’s draw.

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BIRTHDAY – 10 July: Mario Gómez (Football)

FOOTBALL – Mario Gómez is 27 years old today. Gomez is considered one of Europe’s top strikers today and was among Euro 2012’s top scorers on three goals. With Bayern Munich he is a two-time runner-up in the UEFA Champions League (2009/2010 and 2011/2012). In 2011, he was Bundesliga’s Golden Boot winner on 28 goals. He has won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart.

Shares birthday with: Nikola Tesla, Marcel Proust, Jessica Simpson