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Spanish audience fails

The number of spectators in the Spanish professional football are in free fall. Even the top clubs escape.

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It seems the Spanish football for the wind to go, with four clubs in the European quarter-finals (FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and FC Sevilla in the Champions League and Atlético Madrid in the Europa League) and the associated recettes, but on the national level, it looks less bright, because the public stays away.

That tendency is even with traditieclubs as Barça, Real and Athletic Bilbao, the only one who continuously until the elite belong since the creation of the Primera División in 1928.

For the eighth-finals in the Europa League, which they disabled by Marseille, could the Basques count on the support of 40,000 faithful in San Mamés. A few days earlier, there were ‘only’ 30.000 fans in ‘the cathedral’ for the competitiematch against Leganés. It was the eighth time already this season that the number under the border of the 40,000 lag. The historical average of 43.594 spectators in the season 2014/15 will Bilbao so certainly not pick up.

Also at Barça, the decline is noticeable. Against Chelsea could be the blaugrana show off with 85.000 aficionados, but in the league, these figures are quite a bit less. On one season at a time the Catalans (for now) and their average of 77.527 in 2016/17 decreased to 67.464 now, that is almost 10,000 per game less.

Real is hardly better off, it went at the same time of 72.187 average to 68.115 this season. In the derby against Getafe, there were even but 55.100 spectators in the stands!

To which val to declare point many to the schedule, with races from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening. Visiting fans are not likely to move for a match to 20.45 hours on a Sunday night.

But the most obvious cause seems to be the price of the tickets. For a modest place in Camp Nou, tel you can get 90 euro’s down, and that for a doorsneewedstrijd against Real Zaragoza…

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