FC Bayern Munich: The Best Run Club in Football - [Business Breakdowns, EP. 110]
This is Dom Cooke and today we’re breaking down Bayern Munich. Bayern is Germany’s most successful football club and one of the world’s biggest. Most importantly, it makes a great case for being the best-run club in football. It has an enterprise value close to €3 billion, no debt, has been profitable for 3 decades, and is majority owned by fans. Plus, it has a trophy cabinet to rival any club worldwide. Bayern has won a record 32 national Bundesliga titles, including the last ten in a row, and has won the prestigious Champions League, six times.
To break down the business behind the club, I’m joined by Marie Schulte-Bockum, a football journalist and Munich resident. Please enjoy this Business Breakdown of FC Bayern Munich.
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(00:02:38) - (First question) - Overview of Bayern Munich
(00:05:37) - How Bayern’s been able to maintain such consistent success writ large
(00:12:39) - What the 50+1 rule is and its implications for German football clubs
(00:17:24) - Major differences between the Bundesliga and other European leagues
(00:22:30) - What it takes to run a high performance team like Bayern Munich
(00:28:39) - Driving profits and the three major revenue buckets for Bayern Munich
(00:35:48) - Germany’s influence being the biggest economy in the European Union
(00:38:40) - How important European football is to every major club and broadcasting revenue
(00:43:20) - Whether Bayern are buyers, builders, or borrowers in regards to their team
(00:51:15) - Overview of their expenses and the size of their wage bill
(00:53:43) - What financial fair play is and how it protects football clubs
(00:57:27) - How they’ve managed to cultivate one of the biggest fanbases in the world
(01:02:14) - Potential risks for Bayern Munich’s continued success
(01:04:18) - League-level discussions around sharing revenue equitably
(01:05:34) - Lessons for builders and investors when studying Bayern Munich’s story
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