How the Lisbon Lions are still generating UEFA money for Celtic 55 years on

By Lewis Laird

May 23, 2022

After the success of the 2021/22 campaign, I am sure the majority of Celtic fans are already eagerly anticipating the return of the Hoops after the summer break.

Ange Postecoglou’s side displayed some brilliant attacking football across the 56-year old’s first season in charge and will be looking to build upon the two trophies won.

Not only do they have that to look forward to, though. They will also be relishing the opportunity of playing Champions League group stage football for the first time since 2017.

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Of course, the Champions League brings a number of huge incentives to the club – whether that be the return of the famous nights at Celtic Park or potential signings coming to the club thanks to the guarantee of European football.

There is also the small matter of the money that comes into the club, from simply just qualifying for the competition, which is expected to be around £30 million, as it stands. However, further bonuses could be added to that prize fund.

That is also not considering things such as ticket sales or hospitality. So, in reality, the fee will be even higher.

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Depending on the qualification of other sides, there is also a chance that Celtic could earn even more, and we have the Lisbon Lions to thank for that.

Every Celtic fan is well aware of the story of the Lisbon Lions in 1967, when 11 local lads lifted the biggest prize in Europe, defeating Inter Milan 2-1.

To this day, that result is still impacting the club on the European stage.

Twitter account @Moravcik67_, who is a well known Celtic fan on social media for his knowledge of the coefficient system, explained how that is the case.

If Copenhagen are to qualify for the competition, the Bhoys will earn around €1.1 million extra due to our ten year ranking in Europe. This is due to the bonus points earned from winning the competition back in 1967.

Those players and all involved at the club during that time will forever be considered heroes and legends of Glasgow Celtic.

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That achievement is spoken about on a weekly basis by Celtic supporters all across the globe and will never be forgotten.

It is incredible to see that even over 50 years on, the Lions are still contributing to the Celtic of today and will continue to for the rest of time within this football club.

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