Record figures show German soccer in rude health

22 January 2015 |
Clubs competing in Germany’s Bundesliga have achieved record revenues for the tenth year in a row, according to figures released by the league this week.

Clubs in the country’s top division posted combined revenues of €2.45 billion in the 2013/14 season, up 12.9 per cent on the previous year.

In total, 13 of the 18 Bundesliga clubs operated profitably, while the second-tier 2.Bundesliga also achieved record revenues of €458 million – up 9.2 per cent on the previous season.

Germany’s professional soccer authority, the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL), revealed the figures on Thursday during a presentation of the 2015 Bundesliga Report in Frankfurt am Main.

“Over the last few years, professional football in Germany has used its solid financial foundations to achieve outstanding sporting results,” said Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert.

“Looking forward, the outlook remains upbeat as Bundesliga’s economic growth is continuing unabated. This will form the basis for the clubs’ future performance and allow them to finance the manifold activities which they carry out for the good of society as a whole.”

In addition to talking up its record revenues, the DFL also pointed out that the money Germans clubs spend on paying playing and coaching staff is substantially lower than the European average.

According to the report, 36.8 per cent of the total revenues generated by Bundesliga clubs was spent on staff wages, compared to the continent-wide average of 65 per cent.

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