Bayern Munich Bundesliga Champion - Photo: EXPA/ Eibner-Pressefoto/ Insidefoto

The German professional football is strong and based on solid foundations. The 2015/16 season confirmed a positive trend that started a few years ago with huge investments made on stadiums, marketing strategies, and the developments of talented youngsters. For the first time, the 18 clubs of  Bundesliga realized a whopping €3 billion in revenue.

The real number is actually €3.24 billion in revenue, a remarkable economic boost up 23.7 percent if compared with the previous financial year (€2.62 billion).

This positive trend is even more impressive because 13 Bundesliga clubs collected revenue in excess of €100 million. These data were recently announced by Christian Seifert, Chief Executive Officer of the Bundesliga, during his presentation of the Bundesliga Report 2017.

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The fact that Germany was doing a great job in reshaping the national football is not a surprise for those working in this sector, however, the performances of the second division (Bundesliga 2) that had generated a total revenue of over €500 million for the first time in the prior year (€504.6 million) is definitely incredible. The posted revenue of the clubs included in the second division is €608.3 million (+20.6 percent). The overall revenue generated by the 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga represents a record of €3.85 billion (+23.2 percent).

When a financial system is thought out and implemented in the right way it is effective at 36o degrees. This is exactly what’s happening in the German professional football. In fact, even if the German clubs recorded higher expenses for players, coaches and support staff, the Bundesliga personnel cost ratio declined to 32.6 percent.

The clubs paid an aggregate amount of €1.13 billion in taxes, social security and accident insurance contributions. The number of people directly employed by the 36 professional clubs and their subsidiaries rose from 50,237 to 53,114.