Bundesliga unveils financial statements in economic report

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BERLIN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Bruno Labbadia of Hertha BSC gives an interview after the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and VfB Stuttgart at the Olympiastadion on October 17, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel / Bundesliga / Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images)

Fanless matches shape financial development as coronavirus pandemic drops Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 revenues by 5.7%

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


The impact of the coronavirus crisis on the 2019-20 season has resulted in declining income for German professional football. As expected, the effects of the pandemic are reflected in the cumulative economic figures of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, especially since all matches from Matchday 26 have gone without supporters in the stadiums. In the Bundesliga alone, this resulted in a corresponding drop in ticket sales by 30% to € 363.5million.

In total, the 18 Bundesliga clubs generated a total turnover of 3.8 billion euros in the 2019-20 season, a decrease of around 5.4%. Bundesliga 2 clubs generated a total turnover of 726 million euros, around 7.2% lower than the previous year. Overall, the combination of these figures from the two divisions results in a 5.7% drop in turnover. This can be seen in the 2021 DFL Economic Report which was released today. The report presents the cumulative key economic indicators of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 for the 2019-2020 season.

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

“No one was prepared for the coronavirus crisis and the extent to which it would affect all walks of life around the world, and German professional football is no exception,” said Christian Seifert, chairman 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 both leagues can build their future development. However, it is clear that the massive ramifications of the pandemic will force all clubs to continue to act with financial discipline and foresight. “

Nonetheless, the total turnover achieved by the Bundesliga in the 2019-20 season is still the third highest figure of all time, whereas only once before has Bundesliga 2 generated more revenue than ‘in 2019-20. However, it is also clear that the impact of the coronavirus will be even more pronounced during the 2020-21 season. The international transfer market is one example. In addition, a further decline in revenue from ticket sales is inevitable. At this point, 24 matchdays of the 2020-21 season have been played – out of necessity with no fans in the stadiums for the most part.


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