This week’s attendances facts:
- The Sevillanos (at least the ones supporting Sevilla) got a lot more excited about last weekend’s visit of Barcelona than they got when Madrid came to town a few weeks ago. They completely packed Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán last Saturday, while almost 15,000 seats were left unsold for the Madrid match.
- What is going on in Rennes? Just two seasons ago their attendances averaged almost 24,000, last season they dropped to just over 20,000, and this season they are not even averaging 18,000, despite attractive matches versus Lille and the derby versus Lorient. Perhaps this weekend’s win versus Lille can bring back some of the crowds?
- The Eredivisie clubs have stopped selling out. In the last two seasons they sold out about 40% of all matches, but this has dropped to under 20% this season. Averages are still acceptable, but many clubs seem to have problems selling the tickets that have not been taken up by season ticket holders.
- Various Japanese clubs play their home matches at a relatively small stadium, but move to a larger one for their high-profile matches. That Urawa Reds are Japan’s most popular clubs is proven by the fact that this almost always happens when they come to visit, already 5 times this season.
- Krasnodar failed to get selected as a host city for the 2018 World Cup, which is a shame, as FC Kuban has thus far the second-highest attendances of the Russian Premier League. They average 19,727 spectators per match at Stadion Kuban so far, and only get beaten by FC Zenit.