In my opinion, the Bundesliga is the most well-run, financially sound league in the world. Competitive in the domestic front and successful in the European front, the Bundesliga is best league in Europe. A while ago, I covered an article on how the Bundesliga is the best league in the world. Here, I present the points succintly:
UEFA Coefficient Rankings
If you look at the UEFA Coefficient Ranking yet again, you will witness that the Bundesliga is not far behind its English and Spanish counterparts. Given the deficits of the Spanish clubs (also tensions regarding wages and TV rights) and the possibility of Financial Fair Play restrictions hurting English clubs, Bundesliga might take over both leagues in a short duration of time.
Furthermore, all clubs in the Bundesliga are mandated to obtain a license and operate a youth academy. The results have been spectacular, as less money is spent on transfers and also provide a vast array of talent for the national team which has had successful runs in all the major European and World competitions. Of the 23-man national squad announced for the World Cup in South Africa, 19 came from the Bundesliga academies, while the other four came from the Bundesliga 2 academies.
Out of the two billion euro in turnover for the Bundesliga, only 80 million euros are spent on the academies. Compare this to England, where 95 million euros are spent each year and only one percent of the buys who join the academy turn into professional footballers.
Bundesliga has an intense competition. You can never predict who the winner will be. In the last ten years, six different clubs have won the title. Almost all the clubs that comprise the Bundesliga are strong, financially sound and provide intense competition amongst them, making each match an exhilarating and enthralling experience. For example, VfL Wolfsburg, who won the championship in the 2008-2009 season, came 15th in the 2010-2011 season.
The Bundesliga operates on a collective profit.This, in stark contrast to other leagues, is where clubs have massive debts. Barcelona’s gross debt stands at around 483 million and the net debt at 364 million, while they posted losses of 83 million in the 2009/2010 season and 21 million in the 2010/2011 season. Bayern Munich, in contrast, has been operating on profits for the 19th season running.
The Bundesliga is also the most attended football league in the world. Bundesliga’s average attendance was 42,673 fans per game during the 2010–11 season, almost more than 14,000 La Liga fans per game. The Bundesliga also has the lowest ticket prices, and the clubs also limit the number of season ticket holders to ensure that every person has an equal opportunity for admission to a game.
The biggest stand in the world, the Yellow Wall, in Borussia Dortmund, holds 26,000 supporters with the average cost of a ticket being only 15 euros.
Source: How the Bundesliga outclasses other Leagues
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