Bundesliga out-performing Premiership in financial stakes

Germany's Bundesliga is out-performing the Premiership in terms of finances.

The Premier League’s operating profits fell by 57 percent to £79m in 2008-09 - the lowest levels since 1999-2000.

It is only the second time since the Premier League began in 1992-93 that it has not been Europe’s most profitable league.

The Bundesliga recorded a £146m profit as revenue increased by £116m and wages went up by just £68m, according to Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance.

The German first division also recorded the highest attendances in Europe for the seventh successive season – attracting 8,000 more people per game than the Premier League.

The Premier League remains by far the biggest division in terms of generating revenue, which actually increased by £49m, but this was swallowed up by a £132m increase in wages.

English top flight clubs spent in excess of £1.32billion on employee salaries – more than Italy’s Serie A (£0.93bn), Spain’s La Liga (£800m), the Bundesliga (£684m) and France’s Ligue 1 (£615m).

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