Champions League vs Europa League: Money Comparison

European football is more like a story of what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Every proper football club comes into the game with the ambition of winning titles- big titles.

The UEFA Champions League as well as the UEFA Europa League are the biggest stage in European football. Every player’s dream is to feature in one of these competitions especially the UEFA Champions League.

But, truth is, in football, it is always about the money. Clubs get financial compensation for even qualifying to play competitions like these which in turn trigger their ambition to always want more.

So back to the question, what is the financial difference between the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League?

In the table below, we’ll show you how much a club earns by advancing for every round. The winner’s total amount in prize money could reach €23.4 million.

Round Europa League Prize Money (Euros)
Group Stage participation 3.63 million
Group Stage win 0.63 million
Group Stage draw 0.21 million
Group Stage winners 1.1 million
Group Stage runners-up 0.55 million
Round of 32 participation 0.5 million
Round of 16 participation 1.2 million
Quarter Finals participation 1.8 million
Semi Finals participation 2.8 million
Final participation 4.6 million
Winners 8.6 million
Maximum Total 23.4 million

Champions League Money Breakdown

Round Champions League Earnings (Euros)
Qualifying to the Group Stage 15.64 million
Group Stage Win 2.8 million
Group Stage Draw 0.93 million
Reaching the Round of 16 9.6 million
Reaching the Quarter Finals 10.6 million
Reaching the Semi Finals 12.5 million
Reaching the Final 15.5 million
Winning the Final 4.5 million
Maximum Total 85.1 million

Europa League Money Breakdown

Round Europa League Prize Money (Euros)
Group Stage participation 3.63 million
Group Stage win 0.63 million
Group Stage draw 0.21 million
Group Stage winners 1.1 million
Group Stage runners-up 0.55 million
Round of 32 participation 0.5 million
Round of 16 participation 1.2 million
Quarter Finals participation 1.8 million
Semi Finals participation 2.8 million
Final participation 4.6 million
Winners 8.6 million
Maximum Total 23.4 million

Champions League vs Europa League: Money

Round Europa League Prize Money (Euros) Champions League Prize Money (Euros)
Group Stage participation 3.63 million 15.64 million
Group Stage win 0.63 million 2.8 million
Group Stage draw 0.21 million 0.93 million
Group Stage winners 1.1 million N/A
Group Stage runners-up 0.55 million N/A
Round of 32 participation 0.5 million N/A
Round of 16 participation 1.2 million 9.6 million
Quarter Finals participation 1.8 million 10.6 million
Semi Finals participation 2.8 million 12.5 million
Final participation 4.6 million 15.5 million
Winners 8.6 million 4.5 million
Maximum Total 23.4 million 85.1 million

UEFA Champions League Performances by nation

Performances in finals by nation
Nation Titles Runners-up Total
Spain 19 11 30
England 14 11 25
Italy 12 16 28
Germany 8 10 18
Netherlands 6 2 8
Portugal 4 5 9
France 1 6 7
Romania 1 1 2
Scotland 1 1 2
Yugoslavia 1 1 2
Belgium 0 1 1
Greece 0 1 1
Sweden 0 1 1

Although the UEFA Champions League is juicier than the UEFA Europa League which is the second tier of European football, for some clubs, it is a dream to feature on the highest stage of European football, particularly for clubs who are not really financially buoyant. That is why is a bitter experience if your club fails to qualify for any of these competitions particularly the UEFA Champions League.

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