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Bayern will most likely lose Austria star David Alaba for the decisive weeks of this campaign. The 22-year old suffered a knee injury during his country's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina (1-1) on Tuesday. The full extent of the injury has yet to be revealed but there is feared damage to the cruciate ligaments in his left leg.
"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 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 is expecting the player to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
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.
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