The European circuit is more than football. Athletic is preparing for a year watching the Europa League on television. It will be a strange course after appearing among the top 35 teams on the continent in the UEFA ranking. Watching the Europa League at a distance will be more than a sports problem since the club will stop entering a millionaire.
In the last two seasons, Athletic had received around 25 million euros thanks to its performance in the competition. And it is still to be computed what this course will take, which is expected between 10 and 12 million joining the revenues of the tournament and the market pool.
There is no budget item capable of equaling what the entity will lose due to its non-classification. The drop in the collection bag will force a budgetary adjustment. And it will also question the attainment of benefits for the 2018-19 season, whose accounts will fall on the results of the Directive that will prevail in the elections to be held with the entry of next year. The annual balances during the Urrutia stage have stood out for offering positive numbers that will not be possible without entering European competition.
The next exercise will compute renewals and signings (those made and those that will come), which always mean an increase in spending. The first assembly of the new Board – whether new or related to the one it now governs – will be with the inherited numbers.
10 kilos without show
In the last 10 years, Athletic has received almost 70 million euros for their European appearances, leaving the season that with Valverde was competed in the Champions as the most productive to raise 25 million euros. A budget without continental income options is a lame budget because, except for television revenues, there is no such item.
In a European season without great fanfare – the previous season Athletic went through the group stage and stayed in the round of sixteen – the club received 9.5 million euros for UEFA. It is almost double the amount estimated for the marketing of the VIP ring of San Mamés, with an expectation of 5 kilos.