While AS Roma are sliding away from Serie A’s top positions, they are the only Italian club still involved in a European competition.
Tonight, at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the Giallorossi will host Dutch side Ajax for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter finals. Roma, which rank as the 17th most valuable soccer club in the world and are owned by American businessman Dan Friedkin, are the favorite to go through following last Thursday’s 2-1 win in Amsterdam.
Besides boosting the club’s international prestige, reaching the UEFA Europa League semi finals would have great financial implications for Roma.
The UEFA Europa League is a competition that distributed a total of €560 million to the participating clubs in the 2019/20 season.
Based on UEFA’s numbers from last year, in this edition Roma have so far collected €2.9 million for making the UEFA Europa League group stage, plus another €2.5 million as a result of the four wins and one draw in Group A.
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Winning the group have earned Roma a €1 million bonus, while they have picked up €3.1 million by successfully going through the several knockout stages – that is, so far, Round of 32, Round of 16 and the quarter finals. That brings the total to €9.5 million.
A win, a draw, or even a 1-0 loss in tonight’s match against Ajax allows Roma to reach the UEFA Europa League semi finals, an achievement that is worth an extra €2.4 million.
To these amounts, Roma will add another two sources of revenue: money coming from the UEFA coefficient ranking, which varies according to a team’s performance over the last decade, and market pool revenue, which is given out at the end of the competition based on a club’s television market.
Winning the trophy for Roma would mean turning an ordinary season into one to remember.
In fact, lifting the second-most prestigious trophy in European soccer comes with several benefits, such as pocketing an €8.5 million winning bonus and another €3.5 million for clinching a spot in the UEFA European Super Cup.
Most importantly, the UEFA Europa League winners gain direct access to the next year’s edition of the UEFA Champions League, the most remunerative competition in European soccer.
Just reaching the UEFA Champions League group stage is worth €15.3 million, five times as much as qualifying for the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Getting to the finish line of the UEFA Europa League would offer some financial relief to a club that has especially felt the economic repercussions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, as reported by Il Sole 24 Ore, Roma registered a club’s record loss of €204 million.