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Eintracht Frankfurt pays dearly for their Champions League debut

IIn the Champions League, the principle of payment in advance applies. Even before FC Bayern played the first group game of the new season on Wednesday evening, the German champions had earned more than 52 million euros. That has nothing to do with the 2-0 win at Inter Milan, but with qualification for the current campaign in the premier class and the successes of the recent past. Even before the first kick-off, the European Football Union generously distributes the income it generates through its premium product among club competitions.

Tobias Rabe

Responsible editor for Sport Online.

Eintracht Frankfurt will also benefit from this for the first time. As Europa League winners, the club secured a place in the Champions League. Since the Hessians do not quite match the successes of Bavaria in Europe, there is not that much entry fee, but still 30 million euros. And it can be even more. Whoever wins a game in the Champions League receives 2.8 million euros, a draw brings 930,000 euros. Qualifying for the knockout rounds also generates money. So the participants can feel a bit like Scrooge McDuck in his money vault.

There was also a lot of talk about money in Frankfurt on Wednesday evening. However, the item was not in the credit, but in the debit. Eintracht, most agreed after the game, went a long way when they made their debut in the premier class with a 3-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon in their own stadium. “We did well, but then learned a lot,” said goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who was one of the few Frankfurt players – at the time with Paris Saint-Germain – to play in the Champions League. “The disappointment is great because the end result doesn’t quite reflect the game.”

Big booty for Sporting

The tank crackers from Portugal could hardly believe their luck. While the gang of criminals in the Disney comics usually gets nothing, they not only took the bonus on the first day of the preliminary round, but also three points and are ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in the table; the English defeated Olympique Marseille 2-0. In Frankfurt, Eintracht had the chances, Sporting the earnings. Marcus Edwards (65th minute), Francisco Trincão (67th) and Nuno Santos (82nd) ​​scored for Lisbon, who are playing in the Champions League for the tenth time.

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