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Champions: Liverpool against Villarreal, clash of two different worlds | champions league 2021

Champions: Liverpool against Villarreal, clash of two different worlds |  champions league 2021

The comparison is disgusting, he says, but the myth of David and Goliath is, as hacked, as it adjusted with Villarreal in the Champions League to date. Emery’s men are the humblest team of four semi-finalists in this edition of the Champions League, and today at Anfield they meet a Goliath who has no less than six Champions League titles in his bag.

European Experience

Villarreal can claim the Europa League won last year on penalties against Manchester United as well as two Intertoto Cups (in 2003 and 2004), in addition to being on the verge of a Champions League final in 2006. But, its record cannot undermine the international titles won by Club Reds from a Castellón municipality of 50,000 inhabitants.

Liverpool have won six Champions Leagues, the last one in 2019, as well as having lost three finals, the last against Real Madrid in Poland in 2018. The English club also holds three Europa League and four UEFA Super Cup trophies. In all, no less than fourteen international titles, a whole lot to instill respect for Europe.


In December last year Villarreal approved a budget of 138.7 million euros for the current year. With their tour only in the Champions League, the club under Fernando Roig’s management has secured a €57.67 million bonus from UEFA (not counting the TV rights), more than a third of its initial budget. The main sponsor, the ceramics company Pemesa, in turn injects around 3.7 million euros per year into the club, leaving a more than respectable amount in Villarreal’s coffers.

Of course, when these figures are compared with the accounts of the English club, which according to the Deloitte audit this season has entered 550.4 million euros and is the 7th largest in Europe, the controversy seems very uneven.

The salary public doesn’t accept the comparison either: while Villarreal’s for the current season adds up to €143 million, Liverpool’s is around €314 million without taking into account the famous clause or satellite agreements.


The stadiums are also not of the same capacity. The legendary Enfield Ceramics is twice the size of the stadium (seats 54,000 compared to 23,000) and is one of the many stands of the most loyal and faithful in the English arena.

In its first participation in the Champions League in 2005–2006 (where it reached the semi-finals), the Spanish club had to work on its stadium, known as El Madrigal, to comply with UEFA rules and be able to host. The match, although today, with the renovated La Sermica Stadium, the stadium’s aesthetics, has entered into less unequal controversy.

The Villarreal training centre, very close to the stadium, is a reflection of the size of the club, although it includes a mini-stadium where the Villarreal affiliated branch usually plays and other areas in the vicinity as well as a residence for players and others. also includes. facilities. In November 2020, Liverpool left the classic Melwood training center after 70 years to take over their new training site in Kirkby, north-east of the city, which cost €56m to set up.


In October 2010, Liverpool, in financial difficulties, was bought by a group of American investors Fenway (then New England Sports Ventures) for approximately €340 million, including debt.

Among the main investors are John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, or Tom Werner, the club’s current president. A few years later, NBA star LeBron James also bought a piece of Liverpool.

Villarreal, on the other hand, has been organized for 24 years by the Roig family, owners of Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona and ceramics conglomerate Pemesa, who advocate showing their influence in the province of Castellón and beyond, betting strongly on grassroots sports. , not just football.

On 15 May 1997, Fernando Rog Alfonso bought Villarreal, then in the 2nd Division, for 432,000 euros and took it to the top for an ambitious project that flourished years later. In October 2021, Forbes estimated his fortune at $1.9 billion.


Without being fully accustomed to finishing in the top four in the Spanish league, Villarreal entered a new dimension in 2020 with the arrival of Unai Emery, who propelled the club to the continental top with the Europa League first and then , for now with this feat, to reach the semi-finals of this edition.

Jurgen Klopp also returned his glory to the English club since his arrival in 2015, but for Liverpool, the Champions League is not a dream, it is a goal, both in budget and in name, so today’s game is a new one between the uneven. The conflict is ships, but if a slingshot was enough for David, what could a Villarreal do that has already left Juventus and Bayern on the road?

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Victoria June