According to the recently published DFL key financial figures, there has been a slight decline in both personnel expenses and consultancy costs in the Bundesliga. However, there is a catch.
The fired sports director Hasan Salihamidzic (right) and Bayern President Herbert Hainer had fewer personnel costs in 2021/22 than in the previous season.
The clubs, which will now provide the 18 Bundesliga clubs for the 2023/24 season, paid their staff 1.816 billion euros in the 2021/22 season and the 2022 financial year. This emerges from the annual figures published by the DFL League Association on a regular basis. For the time being, a slight decline in the multimillion-dollar industry of professional football can be stated. A year ago, the total was EUR 1.908 billion, which was almost EUR 100 million higher.
However, this does not automatically lead to the conclusion that the professional clubs have really reduced their budgets, especially since the personnel expenses not only represent the salaries for the football staff, but also for management, administration and the youth academy. In the 1.816 billion statistics, the future Bundesliga clubs 1. FC Heidenheim (18.43 million) and Darmstadt 98 (15.1 million) are already listed with their mini second division budgets – after all we are talking about the numbers for the 2021/22 season. The comparatively “large” relegated Hertha BSC (personnel expenses: 97.94 million) and Schalke 04 (78.47 million) are not included, which clearly embellishes the statistics overall.
Bundesliga: Expenditure on consultants has fallen slightly
Unsurprisingly, reigning champions FC Bayern reported the highest personnel expenses, although they fell from EUR 373.4 million to EUR 348.6 million. They are followed by Borussia Dortmund (231.2 million; previous year: 215.7 million) and RB Leipzig (164.5 million; previous year: 168.9 million). Munich also leads the way when it comes to commission payments for players’ agents, with EUR 35.4 million, compared to EUR 25.8 million in the previous year for agents. Leipzig (31.2 million), BVB (26.4 million) and Bayer Leverkusen (24.5 million) follow. TSG Hoffenheim (14.7 million) and Eintracht Frankfurt (11.8 million) also paid agents in the tens of millions. According to the DFL figures, the German all-time high in this category was recorded by BVB in the 2019/20 season at EUR 38.6 million.
Overall, the sum of commission payments related to the currently incumbent Bundesliga clubs fell slightly from 197.4 to 194 million euros. However, this is likely to be due to an effect similar to the supposed decrease in personnel expenses. Because while Heidenheim (642,000 euros) and Darmstadt (769,000 euros) are more like “peanuts”, the relegated Hertha (12.07 million) and Schalke (7.2 million) have completely different categories on the balance sheet.
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