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West Ham miss powerhouse top 30

Filed: Thursday, 4th January 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have been ranked at the world's 35th most powerful club in the latest annual Soccerex survey.

The study, that ranks football clubs in order of economic power sees the Hammers ranked below clubs such as the MLS' New England Revolution and China's Hebei China Fortune in the 2018 edition of the survey.

The analysis is based on club balance sheets and annual reports, as well as other sources of information such as UEFA, the Financial Times and Forbes. Five variables - namely playing assets, fixed assets, cash flow, the owners' 'potential investment' and net debt- are taken into account when assessing each club's rating.

Premier League leaders Manchester City head the way with a FFI index score of 4.883 - the result of heavy investment from Abu Dhabi. The club possesses one of the most valuable squads in world football, and has invested heavily in fixed assets such as the Etihad Campus, which includes the club’s stadium and training ground.

In addition, the club has a multi-billionaire owner who has invested more than €650 million since buying the club. In addition to the owner’s investment, the Premier League’s recent expansion, fuelled by massive broadcast deals, has also contributed to Manchester City’s
financial strength.

In stark contrast, West Ham's FFI score of 0.577 is the result of a squad value of £196m, fixed assets worth £63m, bank funds of £37m and the 'owner potential investment' figure of just £16m (only 58th highest on the list). The club's £90m net debt was also taken into account.

For this latest edition, the financial year analysed was 2015/16. The top 20 most powerful clubs are as follows:

1. Manchester City
2. Arsenal
3. Paris St Germain
4. Guangzhou Evergrande
5. Tottenham
6. Real Madrid
7. Manchester Utd
8. Juventus
9. Chelsea
10. Bayern Munich

11. Zenit St Petersburg
12. RB Leipzig
13. Barcelona
14. LA Galaxy
15. Atletico Madrid
16. Liverpool
17. Borussia Dortmund
18. Olympique Lyonnais
19. Monaco
20. Leicester City

Meanwhile the 19 English clubs listed in the top 100 are rated as follows:

1. Manchester City
2. Arsenal
3. Tottenham
4. Manchester Utd
5. Chelsea
6. Liverpool
7. Leicester City
8. Everton
9. Southampton
10. Stoke City

11. West Ham Utd
12. Newcastle Utd
13. Crystal Palace
14. Swansea City
15. Bournemouth
16. Burnley
17. Sunderland
18. Brighton & Hove Albion
19. Aston Villa

27 per cent of the clubs listed in the top 30 feature in the Premier League or Championship, whilst the US provide the second largest group with 17 per cent of listees.

1. England (Premier League, Championship)
2. USA (MLS)
3. France (Ligue 1)
4. China, Russia, Ukraine
7. Italy (Serie A)
8. Spain (La Liga)
9. Germany (Bundesliga)

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