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FCB named world’s fourth highest-earning club

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Bayern have retained fourth place in the Deloitte Football Money League, the financial services firm’s annual ranking of the highest-earning clubs in the world’s most popular sport. In the 16th edition of the ranking covering the 2011/12 season, FCB are credited with revenues of €368.4 million and are the only German club to make the top ten. The list is headed by Real Madrid with record-breaking revenues of €512.6 million. The authors of the report noted with approval Bayern’s 13 percent increase in commercial revenues to €201.6 million, “the first time any Money League club has generated over €200m from a single revenue source.” At the presentation of the report on Thursday, Deloitte’s commented that Bayern “are in better financial shape than ever and have a future-oriented overall strategy.”

Arsenal romp to victory
Bayern’s Champions League Round of 16 opponents Arsenal secured a confidence-boosting victory in a rearranged Premier League fixture on Wednesday with a 5-1 thrashing of London rivals West Ham United. The man of the match for the Gunners was former Munich star Lukas Podolski, who levelled after 22 minutes and set up three of Arsenal’s further four goals from Olivier Giroud (47, 57), Santi Cazorla (53) and Theo Walcott (54) in a match-winning blitz straight after half-time. Arsenal lie sixth in the Premier League standings, four points off the Champions League qualifying berth in fourth.

Stuttgart take Macheda on loan
Sunday’s Bundesliga opponents VfB Stuttgart have signed Federico Macheda on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season. The 21-year-old Italian looked set for a Premier League breakthrough a couple of seasons ago but has mainly featured in the United reserves of late.

Spanish task for ex-FCB man Pranjic
Former FCB utility man Danijel Pranjic has joined Spanish La Liga outfit Celta de Vigo. The Croat, who left Munich for Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon last summer, has initially hooked up with relegation strugglers Celta on loan until the end of the season. The Spaniards have also secured an option to purchase the 31-year-old, whose contract with Sporting runs until 2015. Pranjic played for Bayern from 2009 until 2012, making 55 Bundesliga appearances for Germany’s biggest club.