English clubs in Europe suffered mixed fortunes in the 2012/13 season. Not only did Premier League sides underwhelm in the Champions League, but those that competed in Europe's secondary competition - the Europa League, a tournament often treated as a chore in England - exceeded expectations.
Arsenal and Manchester United, the two last UK representatives at the Round of 16 stage in the Champions League, bowed out, leaving three teams from Spain's La Liga, two from Germany's Bundesliga, one from France's Ligue Un, one from Italy's Serie A and one from Turkey's Super Lig in the quarter-finals.
Conversely, English teams in Europa League constituted three of the final eight, with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea hoping to navigate a passage through to the semi-finals.
With Spurs losing to FC Basel on penalties and Benfica overseeing Newcastle by a scoreline of 4-2, Chelsea became Britain's sole interest in the competition and managed to slip five past Basel before defeating Benfica in the final.
The following is a list of fees UEFA paid out to English clubs for their efforts in the Europa League last season:
- Chelsea: €10,704,878
- Tottenham Hotspur: €5,402,106
- Newcastle United: €5,302,106
- Liverpool: €5,033,719
Interestingly, despite winning the competition, Chelsea were not the club to receive the largest distribution fund from UEFA. That honour was bestowed onto Fenerbahce who were granted €11,181,270.
Funds were calculated on a basis of a participation payment of €1.3m, performance bonuses that included €200,000 per win and €100,000 for a draw, qualification bonuses of a first place group finish of €400,000 and €200,000 as runner-up. If a team reached the Round of 32, an additional €200,000 was rewarded, while further progress to each stage from there on granted an extra €350,000 for the Round of 16, €450,000 for the quarter-final and €1m for a semi-final place.
As winners, Chelsea pocketed €5m more while Benfica gained €2.5m as runners-up. Fenerbahce received more funds due to their market share. The more teams involved from one market (England, for example had four), the more money had to be shared between that market.
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