7-0 against VfL Bochum, 3-1 against SpVgg Greuther Fürth with a man loss. In the week before the Bochum game, FC Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 3-0 in a game that could have ended similarly to the 8-2 victory in the 2019/20 Champions League season.
The two results in the Bundesliga and the perceived dominance of Bavaria over the German national competition are striking. It’s true that Bavaria dominates 90% of all games, whether in the Bundesliga or the Champions League. But with the relegation of some top clubs to the 2nd Bundesliga, the dominance of the record champions over German football is becoming increasingly clear.
“We play in the same league, but the difference was more than a class,” said Bochum’s head coach Stefan Reis after the game against Bayern Transfer market Market value highlights the gap in quality. With a total roster value of $ 938.19 million Bayern Munich has the sixth most valuable squad in the world.
Bochum (42.76 million US dollars) and Fürth (40.59 million US dollars) are at the lower end of the Bundesliga squad value. On a global level, none of the clubs are in the top 100 most valuable cadres in the world. In fact, the two clubs would only be in the top 15 most valuable major league soccer clubs.
MLS provides the blueprint for a much healthier football ecosystem in many ways. While the squad value gap between Bayern Munich and Fürth is almost $ 900 million –the squad value gap between first-placed Atlanta United and last-placed Real Salt Lake City is just over $ 50 million.
A flexible salary gap in the MLS makes the gap between the top and bottom of the league manageable and guarantees that no team can dominate the league. The problem, of course, is that North America’s solution to ensuring competition cannot be carried over to Europe, where the European Union’s competition and antitrust policies make an MLS construct impossible.
“Our goal is to win the tenth title in a row,” said Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann after the Bochum game. “I want to continue the legacy of my predecessors.”
Spoken by Nagelsmann, the sentence sounds like a threat, a continuation of dominance over a league in which the competition has no chance of ending Bayern’s series of titles. The bosses of Bayern and the German Football League (DFL) are also aware that the lack of a title race damages the Bundesliga product internationally.
“A title race is absolutely important,” said Bundesliga International Managing Director Robert Klein Counterpressive podcast in August. “The last few years have been as good as [clubs] were closer to Bavaria. The question is: ‘Bayern win every year, it’s not that easy.’ Bayern are doing an amazing job and they’re going to ten, which would be crazy. If they win ten and the title race is close … that would be great. [The title race] is an important factor for the league’s growth. ”
The problem is that the DFL can incentivize or punish Bayern for their success. The gap between Bayern and their closest rivals isn’t the only problem either. The record champions not only compete in the Bundesliga, but also in the Champions League, where clubs from England and France – driven by investors from resource-intensive countries – are not bound by the financial restrictions that German teams are exposed to due to the 50 + 1 fans . friendly club structure and strict licensing by the DFL.
Of course there are some things the Bundesliga could do The sports journalist Raphael HonigsteinFor example, he proposed reducing the Bundesliga to 14 clubs with a more even distribution of television money – but Honigstein also admitted that such a plan was unlikely, since no club in the league would vote for its own downfall.
Against this background, the gap in the Bundesliga can only be reduced through a general reform of European football. The Bundesliga in general and Bayern Munich in particular urged UEFA and the EU to introduce stricter FFP measures and a soft cap on salaries. However, the interests of the Bundesliga clubs seem to contradict those of wealthy club investors, so that meaningful changes in the Bundesliga are unlikely and real competition is a thing of the past.
Manuel Veth is editor-in-chief of Futbolgrad network and the Area Manager USA Transfer market. It has also been featured in the Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Pro Soccer USA, and several other media outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth