UEFA distributed a total of €150,360,000 to teams playing in the UEFA Europa League last season as revenue created by the second edition of the competition was ploughed back into the clubs.
In accordance with UEFA's distribution system, more than €150m generated by the centralised marketing of the UEFA Europa League was redistributed among the 48 clubs taking part from the group stage onwards, as well as the eight clubs that joined in the round of 32 having finished third in their UEFA Champions League groups.
European football's governing body confirmed that FC Porto, as winners of the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League, received €7,837,046 in payments from UEFA following their irresistible progress from the competition's group stage to the final in Dublin.
SC Braga, the side Porto beat 1-0 thanks to Falcao's goal in the all-Portuguese final in May, earned €4,528,191 for their exploits, having parachuted into the UEFA Europa League knockout rounds from the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Of the more than €150m in prize money allocated to the 56 teams appearing in the 2010/11 competition, a total of €90,360,000 was used for participation and performance-related payments.
All 48 sides in the group phase were entitled to a participation fee of €640,000 plus €360,000 in match bonuses – comprising €60,000 per group game played. In addition, performance bonuses were paid: €140,000 per win and €70,000 per draw in the group stage.
Reaching the round of 32 assured each team of an extra €200,000, with further progress being rewarded by payments of €300,000 for advancing to the round of 16, €400,000 for the quarter-finals and €700,000 for the semi-finals.
On top of those awards, Porto were then assigned €3m as winners of the 18 May final at the Dublin Arena and Braga €2m as runners-up.
The remaining €60m in prize money came from the television market pool and was shared out according to a variety of factors including the proportional value of an individual club's national TV market. The breakdown of Porto's earnings was €6.37m for their performances plus €1.47m from the market pool.
The season's highest-earning side, however, were Villarreal CF, the Spanish team Porto defeated in the semi-finals – they collected a combined €9m.
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