Friday October 23, 2020

Striking it rich

Compared to nearly every other sector in Europe, football remains popular and profitable, writes Fearghal O'Connor.

9th June, 2012
The Republic of Ireland squad jog around the pitch in Gdynia, Poland during training ahead of Euro 2012. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

If industries were football players, European football, in financial terms at least, would be Richard Dunne: reliable, dependable and seemingly impervious to the pressure unfolding all around him.

While many sectors in Europe groan under a goal-line assault of financial calamity and recession, the continent's favourite sport, like the Irish centre-half, thrives.

Last year, the European football market grew 4 per cent in revenue terms to €16.9 billion, according to Deloitte's annual review of Football...

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