Apr 23, 2011

World's Most Valuable Football Team...

1) Manchester United




Country: England
League: Barclays Premier League
Owner/Majority Shareholder: Glazer family
Stadium: Old Trafford (Seating Capacity: 76,000)
Current Value: $1,864 mil
1-yr Value Change (U.S.): 2%
Revenues: $428 mil

Most valuable and profitable (as measured by earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) sports team in the world. Powerful global brand with 333 million supporters worldwide, including 193 million in Asia, and 9.5 million Facebook fans. Commercial revenue of $122 million growing at double-digit annual rate thanks to new deals with Turkish Airlines, Betfair and several telecommunications companies. Value of Red Devils up 12% past year in local currency.






Country: Spain
League: Liga BBVA
Owner/Majority Shareholder: club members
Stadium: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Seating Capacity:80,400)
Current Value: $1,451 mil
1-yr Value Change (U.S.): 10%
Revenues: $537 mil

Los Blancos generated the second-most revenue (behind the New York Yankees) of any sports team on the planet last year, $537 million.






Country: England
League: Barclays Premier League
Owner/Majority Shareholder: E. Stanley Kroenke
Stadium: Emirates Stadium (Seating Capacity:60,400)
Current Value: $1,192 mil
1-yr Value Change (U.S.): 1%
Revenues: $336 mil

Inked multi-year deal in late 2010 with YES Network, largest regional sports channel in U.S., to televise games on tape delay as well as magazine shows.






Country: Germany
League: German Bundesliga
Owner/Majority Shareholder: club members
Stadium: Allianz Arena (Seating Capacity:69,000)
Current Value: $1,048 mil
1-yr Value Change (U.S.): 6%
Revenues: $396 mil

Won the domestic league and German Cup double last season and reached Champions League final where they lost to Inter Milan.






Country: Spain
League: Liga BBVA
Owner/Majority Shareholder: club members
Stadium: Camp Nou (Seating Capacity:98,800)
Current Value: $975 mil
1-yr Value Change (U.S.): -2%
Revenues: $488 mil

Debt-saddled team's lucrative broadcasting deal with financially distressed MidiaPro in jeopardy.

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