Total Revenue for 2011: €202.4 million ($290 million)
Schalke is the biggest climber in this year’s Money League, with total revenue increasing by 45 percent to €202.4m. This was due to a Champions League campaign that saw the club reach the semifinals of the competition, beating holders Internazionale along the way. A disappointing 14th place finish in the Bundesliga was in some part offset by the Royal Blues’ success in lifting the German Cup, which will provide UEFA Europa League football in 2011-2012.
The club’s most successful European performance in their history saw them receive €39.8m in UEFA distributions, helping broadcast revenue more than double, from €35.4m to €74.3m. Failure to secure Champions League qualification for 2011-2012 will mean this spike in broadcast revenue, which contributed 37 percent of the club’s total, will not be repeated and Schalke will drop back out of the top ten in next year’s Money League.