Cheeta Posted September 27, 2004 Share Posted September 27, 2004 Was doing my usual browsing and came across a good little articule which realy highlighted the differences between the Big Fish in the football world and the Little Fish and got me thinking. Kevin McKenna's Hearts are off to Portugal for the return leg of their UEFA Cup test against Braga thursday. Hearts are up 3-1 and Big Kev may finaly make his season debut as Hearts are realy, realy, short of strikers right now duo to a legion of injuries. Anyone remember Braga Municipal Stadium from EURO 2004. Germany-Holland (I think). Big horking rock face behind the one goal. Anyway. Should Hearts go through, they'll be into the group stage of the UEFA Cup. A stage which could net the Edinburgh club up to 5M pounds, something close to this years player salary obligations. The players bonus from the club directors for achieving this milestone? 2,500 each. Or a little better than 400 pounds per extra match they'll have to play this season should they win through. Oh, boy. Celtic's direct earnings from the last two campains in the EUFA Cup and Champions League? Exceeding 30M pounds. And Celtic lost out in the 1st group stage last season. (Tough, tough, group but still disappointing). Indirect revenues? Exceeding 10M pounds. Rangers who've one foot in the financial grave are facing disaster as they host Maritimo at Ibrox being behind to the toll of 1-nil. No European money coming to Ibrox this season might trigger a crisis or at the least some real dramatics. Interesting world isn't it? Where European competition money can save your club. Or your club becomes dependent on it. By the way, Hearts had their biggest crowd in a long time for the Euro Cup match they hosted last week. Sure the match was played at Murray Field, but the Hearts support were there 18,000+. Of course, the joint hold 65,000. And you thought Commonwealth looked empty. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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