Soccer is rich. No, seriously. Absolutely, fantastically, stinking rich. If you don’t believe soccer is the biggest sport in the world, you can’t read spreadsheets. The German Bundesliga has set the standard on the football pitch in recent months, now the league’s bank accounts are the envy of the world after a report declared the competition to be the continent’s most profitable. The English Premier League continues to lead the way in terms of revenue, raking in $3.8 billion for the 2011-12 season, according to sports business group Deloitte. But the German league bests its rivals with combined profits of $242 million, compared to $154 million for the Premier League.

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