Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which interrupted the 2019/20 season, the clubs of the Ekstraklasa are to earn about PLN 70 mln (EUR 15.8 mln) more than in the previous campaign. A record amount will be awarded to the Polish champion, Legia Warszawa.
The coronavirus pandemic ultimately did not prevent the season from ending, although a break of over two months made it last exceptionally long and the players will not have much time to rest before the 2020/21 season commences.
Nevertheless, the clubs have reason to be satisfied with the fact that all 37 gameweeks have been played. The top-flight teams are to receive record funds from the Ekstraklasa authorities - 70 million more than in the previous season. In total, the amount to be divided amongst the 16 Ekstraklasa teams is PLN 225 mln (EUR 50.8 mln) - as informed by "Przegląd Sportowy” daily.
Most of this prize pool will be taken home by the clubs that placed on the podium of the competition - Legia Warszawa, Lech Poznań, and Piast Gliwice. The team from the Polish capital, which has earned their title on July 11, will receive PLN 31 mln (EUR 7 mln), which is coincidentally a record revenue, comparable to that of the champions in Belgium or the Netherlands.
More than 26 million will be collected by Lech Poznań, and less than 21 million will go to the accounts of Piast Gliwice. The final of the Polish Cup, in which Lechia Gdańsk and Cracovia will compete, will also be a chance for those clubs to add some funds into the club budget. The clubs will also fight to represent the country in the European cup competition next year. At stake, apart from the trophy and facing rivals from other countries, is PLN 6 million. The final will take place on July 27th at 8 pm.