Champions League: How I think to save the football

The rich are getting richer. Like humans, football clubs are also involved. How exciting is the sport, if they always win? We have an idea.


Recently I have a season ticket again. Every two weeks I drive to the city where I was born. Cottbus, third division, sometimes 15,000 spectators come, usually not even half as many. I eat a sausage, sit down on the west grandstand, between mostly elderly gentlemen, some of whom I'm not sure if they'll ever go home between games, and drink a beer. If the game is bad, which happens more often, I drink another beer. I'm so close that I can smell the grass. My little world, I like being there. And by the way, I noticed that maybe I could save the football.

There is another world. The can be seen from Tuesday again, in the knockout round of the Champions League. It is home to mega clubs that make almost a billion in sales a year and have offices in Shanghai, New York, and certainly soon in Lofoten. The richest of these clubs may soon start their own league, the Super League, to become even richer. What they want to do then with the many money is still unclear. You already have the most expensive players, the biggest stadiums and the most likes on Instagram.

Apart from the aesthetic offenses that are committed with the great wealth, so the light shows after goals or Helene Fischer at halftime, of course, the urge for money is not a crime. He becomes a problem when he takes something from others. Football, for example, has its most important feature: unpredictability.

A system that cemented the situation

My club got lost in the Bundesliga for a few years. He even beat Bayern there. Twice the same, because it was so beautiful. The scorers in Cottbus can still recite everyone in their sleep: Vilmos Sebők, a sleepy Hungarian, Branko Jelić, a cunning Serb. Other heroes have not been added since then and probably will not be anymore. Over the past ten years, rich clubs have become richer and others have disappeared. The squad of FC Bayern is currently worth more than 800 million euros, the average Bundesliga 190, the club of my club not even five.

Of course, the FC Bayern has also worked its success. Over many decades. But the richest clubs have cunningly created a system that cements conditions. The unbelievable amount of money that has flowed into football in the past few years, and especially into the accounts of the mega clubs, has formed a closed society. This is how it works in modern football: only those who have a lot of money land at the top - and only those who land at the top get a lot of money. This is reminiscent of the Matthew effect, that is, from the Bible: "For who has there, he will be given." Or who likes it more worldly: fat goose is lubricated the ass.

The big rest is watching

The revenues of the clubs that qualified for the European Cup have almost tripled between 2007 and 2017. Especially because of the TV money. Meanwhile, the Uefa distributed for the current season more than two billion euros to the teams that play in their Champions League. Bayern, for example, alone gets 48.5 million euros for joining in there. Some Bundesliga clubs would be happy about such a seasonal budget. Bayern win the title, they could take home up to 100 million euros. In a Super League it could supposedly be up to 500 million per club.

Whether in England, Spain, Italy or France - that someone wins the national championship that does not feed on the honeypots of the Champions League, is almost impossible. The big rest is watching. In the eighties also Werder Bremen became master, in the nineties the VfB Stuttgart. Red Star Belgrade has won the European Cup, Ajax Amsterdam too. But they all lost their connection, probably forever. But how exciting is football when they always win?

REF: https://www.zeit.de/sport/2019-02/champions-league-umverteilung-fussball-retten