The Bundesliga is growing stronger, but whether it is enough to change the order of tournaments in the world or not?
A vibrant Bundesliga
The German Bundesliga is becoming one of the most popular leagues in the world with a growing reputation.
The “eat year” in 2013 helped Bayern have more fans around the globe. Dortmund also contributed to the increased prestige of the tournament with an impressive style of playing and won 2 German championships and 1 Champions League final once under the guidance of coach Jurgen Klopp.
The rapid progress of German teams helped them preserve 4 representatives in the Champions League group stage this season. It is even more amazing that both Bayern, Dortmund, Leverkusen and Schalke have all won tickets to continue, for the first time in Bundesliga history, there are 4 clubs participating in the knockout round.
Comparing a bit with other leagues, the Bundesliga has pretty good numbers. Last season, the average attendance was 42,421, 6,000 more than the English Premier League, 12,000 more than La Liga, 17,000 more than Italy and 23,000 (more than double) compared to France’s Ligue 1.
Now, the Bundesliga is referring to goal specialties. It must be affirmed that the matches in Germany are always full of excitement and many goals. In 36 games of the first 4 rounds of the Bundesliga season 2013/14, a total of 121 goals were scored with an average of 3.36 goals/game. This is the highest rate in the first 4 rounds in the past 20 years in the Bundesliga.
Compared to teams at other major national championships, teams in Germany have an extremely wealthy financial background, especially Bayern and Dortmund. If Dortmund has all 57 sponsors then Bayern has 32 sponsors and many of them are senior sponsors like Audi, Coca-Cola; Allianz Insurance Company; Imtech …
The Bundesliga also agreed to sign a five-year contract with 21 st Century Fox – the company of media billionaire Rupert Murdoch with a package of contracts from the 2015/16 season to 2019/20. So it is likely that after 5 years, football enthusiasts will see the Bundesliga as the Premier League today. With this combination, the Bundesliga is on the path the Premier League of England has done.
Jurgen Klopp, Dortmund coach once said: “The Bundesliga has never developed any further”. What is the reason for Klopp’s statement? In fact, Bayern remains the Bundesliga’s parent. Looking to the Premier League, the championship race is unpredictable. La Liga has evolved into a tri-horse position, not a dual horse. Only Serie A is similar to the Bundesliga when only Juventus has one horse.
Broadly speaking, in the last 11 seasons, Bayern won the championship 6 times. The remaining 5 times belong to 4 other teams including Dortmund (2), Bremen, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg. With the exception of Dortmund, the other 3 teams have sometimes faced the prospect of relegation, maybe right after the season they won.
Good players in the Bundesliga, if not abroad, will also focus on Bayern. The case of Mario Goetze and Lewandowski is typical. In the last 11 Champions League seasons, Serie A despite many events has also contributed to 3 champions. Last year, Dortmund was the third non-Bayern German team to reach the final after 16 years (the other was Leverkusen 2002).
FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the Bundesliga as a model for other leagues to learn, especially in terms of financial structure. But to globalize, the Bundesliga still needs money owners, very much of the Premier League style. The 50 + 1 rule (ie, members of the team must own a minimum of 51% stake in the club) makes it difficult for the Bundesliga teams to have a breakthrough development.
Fatty pieces of cake are mostly for Bayern. The rest of the Bundes liga is no match for financial potential with “gray lobster”. Chairman Martin Kind of Hannover is constantly calling for the abolition of the current 50 + 1 regulation. And only that, the Bundes liga is not the tournament that is Bayern’s private playground.
The Bundes liga has surpassed Serie A on the UEFA 5-year achievement table and is about to surpass the Premier League. But the ranking method to determine UEFA’s European Cup qualification is not correct enough to determine the order of the tournaments.
|Regarding television rights, the Bundesliga is less than the Premier League “one heaven and one”.|
The Bundesliga earns 700 million euros on average each year, equal to one-third of the Premier League. The disparity is even more terrible in foreign markets: the Bundesliga earned 71.6 million euros while the Premier League earned 562 million, about 8 times more. Let’s take a more realistic example: In the 2012/13 season, Bayern was the team that made the most money from television rights in the Bundesliga but also earned 25.84 million euros. This is slightly higher than the amount of Pescara, the team that earned the least in Serie A, exactly 1 million euros, even only about half of the team that earned at least the Premier League in 2011/12 is Wolverhampton.