UEFA has confirmed that it distributed a total of Eur209 million to teams playing in the Europa League last season, but the winner of the competition was eclipsed by another team thanks to better television market pool payments.
English Premier League club Chelsea defeated Benfica in the Amsterdam final and received Eur10.7 million in payments with Eur3.7 million of this sum coming from the market pool. However, it was Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce that topped the standings with Eur11.2 million. Fenerbahce exited the competition at the semi-final stage but was aided by Eur6.6 million from the market pool.
Monies from the market pool are divided according to the proportional value of the national television market each individual club represents, among other factors, meaning that the amounts given vary from country to country.
Italian Serie A club Lazio generated Eur9.6 million from its run to the quarter-finals, with Eur6 million coming from the market pool. Russian club Rubin Kazan, which reached the quarter-finals, was next on the list with a total of Eur7.6 million, with Eur3.9 million of the total coming from the market pool.