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Details have been announced for how money will be distributed to clubs in the UEFA Champions League over the next three seasons.
• The global forecasted pot available per season for distribution to clubs in the UEFA Champions League amounts to €1.257bn.
• Clubs involved in the play-offs will receive €50m: €2m to each play-offs winner and €3m to the eliminated clubs.
• The amount of €1.207bn available to the clubs from the group stage onwards will be split as usual between fixed amounts and market pool. However the market pool will be reduced from 45% to 40% of the total and fixed amounts increased accordingly to 60%.
Fixed amounts (€724.4m)
• Each of the 32 clubs involved in the group stage will receive a group stage allocation of €12m. On top of this, there will be performance bonuses: €1.5m for every win and €500k for every draw in the group stage.
• The teams playing in the round of 16 will receive €5.5m each, the quarter-finalists €6m each and the semi-finalists €7m each. The UEFA Champions League winners will receive €15m and the runners-up €10.5m, inclusive of their ticketing revenue share.
• A club could receive, at best, €54.5m, not counting the play-offs and the market pool share.
• In addition, the winners of the 2015 UEFA Super Cup can expect to receive €4m and the runners-up €3m.
Market pool (€482.9m)
• The amount of €482.9m will be distributed according to the proportional value of each TV market represented by the clubs taking part in the UEFA Champions League (group stage onwards) and be split among the clubs participating from a given association.
• In accordance with the existing system, half of the amount representing the value of each market will be split among the clubs based on their performance in the previous domestic league championship and the other half will be paid in proportion to the number of matches played by each team in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League.
• Each time that a club of an association represented by one or more clubs in the UEFA Champions League group stage is eliminated in the play-offs, 10% of the respective association’s market pool share will be allocated to the eliminated club. This is a new arrangement, which was not contemplated in the distribution system beforehand.
Bayern will most likely lose Austrian international David Alaba for the decisive weeks of the campaign. The 22-year old suffered a knee injury during his country's 1-1 friendly draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina in Vienna on Tuesday. The full extent of the problem has yet to be revealed but there is suspected damage to the cruciate ligaments in his left knee.
"I am in really, really strong pain, I can hardly walk, I don't really know what's going on," Alaba said after the game. The versatile full-back or midfielder has already missed a significant part of the season – from November to February with partially torn ligaments in his right knee – and Austria team doctor Richard Eggenhofer expects the player to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
An update on David Alaba's injury indicates the versatile Bayern man will be out for roughly two months. Torn ligaments in his left knee could force the 22-year-old Austrian international to miss the remainder of the season, with their Bundesliga campaign concluding on 23 May. However, Alaba could be fit for a possible 6 June UEFA Champions League final should Bayern make it.
"Of course, I am really down right now," said defender cum midfielder Alaba, who will wear a cast for two weeks. "But I have one big goal ahead: to be back for the decisive last weeks of the season. I will recover well and then give it full throttle in rehab." With the German title holders' quarter-final against FC Porto looming on 15 and 21 April, Alaba joins an injury list already containing Javi Martínez (cruciate ligament), Arjen Robben (stomach), Franck Ribéry (ankle) and Thiago Alcántara (general fitness).
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Get well soon, @David_Alaba— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) April 1, 2015
Monaco have announced that centre-back Ricardo Carvalho will miss their Ligue 1 game against AS Saint-Étienne on Friday after suffering a knee sprain during Portugal's UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against Serbia last Sunday. The 36-year-old still hopes to be fit to face Juventus in the quarter-final first leg on 14 April. The good news for the principality club is that fellow defender Andrea Raggi has resumed full training following a left knee injury sustained in February.
Brazilian defender Wallace has spoken of his increasing involvement in the Monaco side and his need to impress if he wants to be involved in the quarter-final with Juventus, beginning on 14 April. "The next two games are important. They offer a great chance to get closer to the three starting spots," said the 20-year-old.
The centre back also discussed his integration into the Monaco team after joining on loan from SC Braga last summer. "I did not expect to play as a regular so quickly. This is a great opportunity to develop. The games against Zenit and Arsenal enabled me to gain experience. However, I know there is still huge room for improvement."
Real Madrid have confirmed that centre-back Pepe has suffered a thigh injury, though the Merengues have not indicated how long the Portuguese international will be out for. They will hope the 32-year-old makes a speedy recovery, with the UEFA Champions League title holders set to face neighbours Club Atlético de Madrid in their quarter-final first leg on 14 April.
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Pepe medical report: He has been diagnosed with an injury in the vastus internus muscle in his right thigh. pic.twitter.com/uZQFz7ue7H— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) April 1, 2015