test
More

    Bundesliga reveals financial statement in economic report

    Matches without fans shape financial development as coronavirus pandemic causes revenue of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 to fall 5.7 percent

    • Total revenue of both leagues: €4.5 billion
    • Clubs pay €1.4 billion in taxes and duties
    • 52,786 people employed either directly or indirectly in German professional football during the 2019-20 season


    The impact of the coronavirus crisis on the 2019-20 season led to a decline in revenue in German professional football. As expected, the effects of the pandemic are reflected in the cumulative economic figures for the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, especially because all matches from Matchday 26 onwards were played without fans in the stadiums. In the Bundesliga alone, this led to a corresponding fall in ticket sales of 30 percent to €363.5 million.

    Overall, the 18 Bundesliga clubs generated a total revenue of €3.8 billion during the 2019-20 season, representing a drop of around 5.4 percent. Bundesliga 2 clubs produced a total revenue of €726 million, roughly 7.2 percent less than the previous year. Overall, combining these figures from both divisions yields a fall in revenue of 5.7 percent. This can be seen in the 2021 DFL Economic Report which was published today. The report presents the cumulative key economic indicators for the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 for the 2019-20 season.

    The impact of German professional football on the national economy remains unchanged, with 52,786 people employed either directly or indirectly in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 during the past season. The 36 clubs paid €1.4 billion in taxes and duties to the financial authorities and social security institutions. The total paid in taxes and duties over the past ten seasons amounts to €10.6 billion.

    “No one was prepared for the coronavirus crisis and the extent to which it would affect all areas of life worldwide, and German professional football is no exception,” says Christian Seifert, Speaker of the Executive Committee of the DFL. He added, “Over the past 20 years, the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 have established economic foundations on which the two leagues can build their future development. However, it is clear that the massive ramifications of the pandemic will require all clubs to continue to act with financial discipline and foresight.”

    Nonetheless, the total revenue achieved by the Bundesliga in the 2019-20 season is still the third highest figure of all time, while only once before has Bundesliga 2 generated more revenue than it did in 2019-20. However, it is also clear that the impact of the coronavirus will be even more pronounced in the 2020-21 season. One example of this is the international transfer market. In addition, a further decline in revenue from ticket sales is unavoidable. At this point in time, 24 matchdays of the 2020-21 season have been played – by necessity without fans in the stadiums for the most part.

    Related articles

    LaLiga rebrands with new logo

    LaLiga, the top professional football league in Spain, has unveiled a new logo and brand identity. The new logo is a bold and modern design that reflects the passion, excitement, and global reach of...

    Women’s World Cup 2023 lineup complete

    The line-up for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is now complete with Haiti, Portugal, and Panama booking their spots at this year’s tournament in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand following success at the...

    adidas launches the L10NEL M35SI Pack which celebrates 35 years of greatness

    On 21 February, adidas unveiled the L10NEL M35SI Pack, celebrating Lionel Messi’s legacy in football. At 35 years old and fresh off having won his first World Cup, El Diez (Number 10) continues to make history,...

    Under-20 World Cup Indonesia Update

    Born as a 16-team tournament in 1977, the biennial FIFA U-20 World Cup brings together some of the most talented youngsters the world of football has to offer, as they compete to be crowned...

    Thank you for 10 million views for Futbolita on TikTok!

    We're delighted to have amassed 10 million views over the last two months on TikTok alone from our coverage of the FIFA World Cup and AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup. Thank you for your support,...

    Latest articles