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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Friedrich

Transfer balances of the big football leagues 2012/13 to 2021/22

Transfer balances in the world of football are an important indicator of clubs' financial strength. Transfer balances are the result of the sum of all of a club's transfer spend minus the transfer proceeds it has generated during a given period. In this context, the period from 2012/13 to 2021/22 is considered. The top 5 leagues in Europe, consisting of the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1, tend to be the financially strongest leagues in the world. The amount of the transfer balances in these leagues can therefore provide information about the financial strength of the clubs.

However, measuring transfer balances is complex and requires careful research and analysis. This football block presents the transfer balances of the top 5 leagues in Europe from 2012/13 to 2021/22. It highlights trends and developments in each league to provide insight into clubs' financial strength and to analyze competition between leagues. England:

  • 2012/13: -€175.58m

  • 2013/14: -€621.83m

  • 2014/15: -€530.25m

  • 2015/16: -€886.40m

  • 2016/17: -€843.20m

  • 2017/18: -€1.18bn

  • 2018/19: -€1.05bn

  • 2019/20: -€716.75 million

  • 2020/21: -€932.20m

  • 2021/22: -€764.00m

Spain:

  • 2012/13: -€120.43m

  • 2013/14: -€522.18m

  • 2014/15: -€52.65m

  • 2015/16: -€248.10m

  • 2016/17: -€439.28m

  • 2017/18: -€606.13m

  • 2018/19: -€853.45 million

  • 2019/20: -€510.60m

  • 2020/21: -€840.05 million

  • 2021/22: -€669.00m

Italy:

  • 2012/13: -€85.40m

  • 2013/14: -€58.43m

  • 2014/15: -€7.25m

  • 2015/16: -€29.95m

  • 2016/17: -€166.98m

  • 2017/18: -€368.40m

  • 2018/19: -€694.35 million

  • 2019/20: -€588.75 million

  • 2020/21: -€381.65 million

  • 2021/22: -€390.60m

Germany:

  • 2012/13: €16.22m

  • 2013/14: €89.93m

  • 2014/15: €78.30m

  • 2015/16: €86.15m

  • 2016/17: €49.28m

  • 2017/18: €122.95m

  • 2018/19: €178.98m

  • 2019/20: €85.98 million

  • 2020/21: €82.93 million

  • 2021/22: -€16.32 million

France:

  • 2012/13: -€204.90m

  • 2013/14: -€140.90m

  • 2014/15: -€60.55m

  • 2015/16: -€357.75m

  • 2016/17: -€424.75m

  • 2017/18: -€418.65m

  • 2018/19: -€832.30m

  • 2019/20: -€747.30m

  • 2020/21: -€507.25 million

  • 2021/22: -€480.65 million

In summary, the analysis of transfer balances in the top 5 leagues shows that the financial strength of clubs in these leagues varies greatly. While some clubs are able to generate large transfer balances, thereby strengthening their position in the transfer market, other clubs struggle to recoup their transfer spend. The trend is particularly noticeable in the Premier League, where high transfer balances can be achieved due to the high TV money and sponsorship income. In other leagues, such as the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, transfer balances tend to be lower, which may be due to clubs' lower financial strength. It is important to note that transfer balances are not the only indicator of a club's financial strength and that other factors such as payroll expenses and income from tickets and merchandise also need to be considered.

Nevertheless, transfer balances can serve as an indicator of a club's competitiveness in the transfer market and are therefore of great importance for a club's competitive success.








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