German clubs in the first and second divisions (Bundesliga 1 and 2) have lost a total of more than one billion euros since the start of the Covid pandemic, the League (DFL) announced on Friday when presenting its annual report.

This shortfall comes mainly from matches played behind closed doors or in front of a reduced audience, while not all German stadiums have yet regained their full capacity, two years after the start of the pandemic.

In 2020/2021, box office receipts have shrunk by around 95% compared to the last pre-pandemic season, from around €650 million in 2018/2019 to just €35.5 million last season .

"The era of growth seems to be over"

The situation had a very strong impact on employment, the number of professional football employees having fallen by 50%, to 26,183 employees against 52,786 in 2019/2020.

Indirect jobs (essentially match day services) fell by 80%.

These figures relate to the 36 German clubs that are members of the DFL, 18 in the first division and 18 in the second.

In addition, media rights and marketing revenues also fell last season.

"We are facing an unprecedented situation," said DFL president Donata Hopfen, "the era of growth that seemed to be self-evident seems to be over."

This observation, she suggests, could have repercussions on the development of German football, and possibly on the method of financing clubs, in a country which still prohibits a single investor from seizing the controlling majority. within a club.

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