WARSAW, Poland. February 7 (PSN) – Weekly magazine “Pilka Nozna” has prepared a financial report on Ekstraklasa clubs for the new year. A quick look shows quite the norm for Polish football in regards for spending power with the exception of the new unveiled budget of Legia Warsaw.
Legia’s new budget is without a doubt a record breaker, as it will amount up to 283.5 million zloty!
The fact that Legia’s budget is so high is a great deal of thanks to the club’s recent campaign in the UEFA Champions League. After all, Legia president Boguslaw Lesnodorski late last year even openly admitted that the 2017 budget would be a direct result of this.
“It’s hard to count, because the proceeds are burdened with costs. In football it does not matter how much you earn, but how much you spend. However, you can assume that in 2017 we will have a budget of 250 million,” Lesnodorski told “Super Express”.
This is an absolute record for the LOTTO Ekstraklasa, as no Polish club has seen that kind of spending money ever in the league’s history.
Fan site Legia.net even calculated that the budget may be over 66 million euros (converted based on Western currency) which means, for example, that the Legion now has a budget of more than the 14 out of 20 clubs currently competing in Ligue 1, which is the highest level of play in France.
In addition, Legia’s new budget also puts Bundesliga clubs Darmstadt and Ingolstadt to shame.
So how exactly does the Polish champions budget look in comparison to the rest of the Ekstraklasa elite?
Currently second in the ranking is Lech Poznan, boasting a budget of 67 million zloty. Lechia Gdansk – 40 million, and current league leaders Jagiellonia Bialystok – 20 million.
Legia therefore is currently working with some serious financial power, the most important question is whether the club board will be able to properly use it.
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