Infographic • European Football Leagues

Here is a nice Infographic visualizing the main stats from 20 European football leagues. Made by Ben from Visual Evolution.

European Football Leagues Infographic



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(This page is a bit outdated now, as it only shows data for the top 20 leagues by UEFA ranking. We will update the bars & pies in the next days!)

Average attendance per game 2010/2011Average attendance per game 2010/2011
There are several reasons to be found why Germany’s Bundesliga has by far the highest attendance (42637 on average). Tickets are cheaper than in any other of the “big five” leagues in Europe. On average, Germans only pay ~22€ for their Bundesliga tickets. Transportation to and from the stadium by train or bus is included in the ticket.

Another factor is that Bundesliga only has big stadiums. Even the smallest arena (located in Freiburg) allows 24000 spectators. In Spain’s La Liga the minimum stadium capacity is at 14400.


Annual Revenue Big Five Leagues 2010/2011Revenue “Big Five” Leagues 2010/2011
When people talk about the “Big Five” of European Leagues, they mean Premier League (England), Primera Division (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy) and Ligue 1 (France). The pie chart on the left shows the total revenue of each league after season 2010/2011.

Premier League Clubs managed to create a revenue of 2.500.000.000 €. Together with Bundesliga’s 1.664.000.000 € both leagues make up ~50% of all “Big Five” revenues. The other half is split by Spain (1.622.000.000 €), Serie A (1.532.000.000 €) and Ligue 1 ( €).

As seen further below on this page, individually negotiated TV deals make up a huge part of total revenues.


Average goals per game 2010/2011Average goals per game 2010/2011
If your goal in life is to watch as many goals as possible, you should definitely check out Netherlands’ Eredivisie (3.14), Swiss’ Axpo Super League (2.98) and Germany’s Bundesliga (2.91). One can only speculate on the reasons why these three leagues have the most goals on average. It can be weaker goalies (unlikely) or simply a stronger focus on attacking totaalvoetbal, which results in more goals on both sides of the pitch.

Fewer goals in 2010/2011 were in Greece’s Super League (2.22), Scottish Premier League (2.27) and Russian Premjer-liga (2.28).

11.7% of all games in Ligue 1 end in a boring 0:0. The propability is more than twice as high as in Swiss’ Axpo Super League (4.4%) and Germany’s Bundesliga (4.6%). French Ligue 1 also holds the record for most draws in Europe (34%). In Bundesliga and La Liga only 21% of all games end without a winner, closely followed by Scottish Premier League (22%) and Dutch Eredivisie (23%).


TV Money Big Five Leagues 2010/2011Money from TV Deals “Big Five” Leagues 2010/2011
Football is the most popular sport on this planet, and the EPL is the most popular league. For season 2010/2011, the English Premier League sold their worldwide broadcasting rights for the estimated sum of €. The money from this TV deal makes up ~46% of the EPL’s total revenue.

Although Italian Serie A lost the very important 3rd place in UEFA’s ranking to Germany, they managed to sell their broadcating rights for estimated 892.000.000 €, which is 58% of the total revenue.
Spain’s TV deal brought in 560.000.000 € (~34% of total revenue), whereas France’s first football division got 517.000.000 € (~48%).

Since Pay TV never was a success in Germany and the international reputation only slowly rose in the last years, the Bundesliga’s TV deals are traditionally underwhelming: “Only” 422.000.000 € per year, or 25% of the total revenue is made through TV deals.


Percentage of non-native players 2011/2012Percentage of non-native players 2011/2012
63.3% of all Premier League players are non-native, which means they either have no British citizenship or — if their home country allows it — chose to have dual citizenship with British as their second. EPL’s reputation (and money) are a huge factor: To play in English Premier League is a dream many footballers all over the world share, as it is considered to be the best league.

60.6% of Division A players in Cyprus are not Cypriot. Most players come from Greece; very few come from Turkey.


Average player age 2011/2012Average player age 2011/2012
Italy’s Serie A and England’s Premier League players are on average the oldest in Europe, with 26.9 and 26.7 years respectively. Italian AC Milan is the “oldest” of the bigger clubs: Players from Berlusconi’s retirement home are 29.5 years old on average.

Dutch Eredivisie is by far the “youngest” league in Europe, with players being only 23.9 years old on average. The “youngest” team in the Netherlands is Vitesse Arnheim (22.1), closely followed by Excelsior Rotterdam (22.2). Eredivisie is also the league with the most goals per game, 3.14 an average.

The average age of players has been falling for years in most European football leagues, with the notable exception of Serie A. Having young, local players on the pitch is always a good sign that the national youth system works. A prime example for this is Germany’s Borussia Dortmund (Mario Götze, Kevin Großkreutz).


4 Responses to Infographic

  1. Yaovi says:

    You could put another reason why Germany has the highest attendance is that they only have 18 clubs in their top league, therefore that takes out 2 clubs that would probably have had small stadiums.

  2. admin says:

    Not necessarily. :) Take Hertha BSC for example, last season they played 2. Bundesliga in a stadium with 74.244 capacity. — There’s also Düsseldorf (54.600) and Frankfurt (51.500), so I doubt the average attendance would drop significantly with 20 teams in first Bundesliga.

  3. Jan says:

    In deed. As far as I know German 2nd Bundesliga is ranked 5th from all the leagues in Europe with a higher avarage attendance than French Ligue 1.

  4. Vitor says:

    More away wins does not necessarily mean more unpredictability!

    The Scottish has less teams and the best two teams win almost every single game, which will contribute to the away wins.

    If Celtic and Ranger win all games and draw between each other, that will divide the percentage for home and away games equally.
    That’s a big factor in their league.

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