Auf Wiedersehen, Premier League: Why The Future May Be German


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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10 Responses

  1. SJ Maskell says:

    Good points here.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the German model has a lot to recommend it, particularly in respect of the ownership model.

    The fact that the focus of German clubs is fans and football rather than brands and profits has certainly done their national team a great deal of good.

    Much of the written evidence to the current government enquiry refers to the German model as the way to go. But the FA and the Premier League are big self-interested brakes on any progress.

    … and then their is the issue of players and agents and their income …

  2. James says:

    Couldn’t agree more, I mentioned the great example of safe standing in the Bundesliga on my blog a couple of weeks ago but sadly it seems increasingly unlikely that the Premier League/FA are actually ever going to listen to what the fans want.

    There is so much that the Premier League could learn from the Bundesliga but they seem to think all is well in the English leagues if a few pundits keep on saying how the Premier League is the best league in the world.

  3. Your on the money Luke! Ever since the all German semi in the UEFA cup between Hamburg and Werder Bremen German football has looked much more exciting all round and the national team is the leagues top priority! Also matches on a Friday night!!! Bloody beautiful that one is.

  4. Christoph says:

    There is a lot in this article that is true. But some points need to be disputed.

    Certainly the German Bundesliga is more entertaining than the Premier League because of the ups and downs the top teams might experience, like Bayern and Schalke did this season.

    I’m not sure the UEFA Fair Play Rule would be so good for instance for Bayern. They claim they have millions in their accounts but it’s not clear, whether this money is available for the daily business of running a football club and paying the players. There is no evidence that clubs are not paying their players more than the allowed percentage by UEFA under their new regulations.

    As for the ownership, the 50+1 prevents clubs of becoming prey for investors like in England where Portsmouth must be a warning example to any one. However these rules do not imply any democratic running of the clubs. The executive board themselves decide whom they nominate for the supervisory board. Therefore excluding the fan base from any decisive decision making.

  5. TattooedSean says:

    I totally agree. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a little about almost all the leagues big and small over there. That said, It is awesome to see a club like Dortmund winning it hopefully this year who is getting to be financially stable unlike so many English clubs.

    I will be curious to see with 4 CL spots starting in 2012/2013 if there will be a few semi regulars making it as I think that does help you gain experience. That said, Tottenham had no experience and they seem to be doing quite well this year in the CL.

    I went to 2 Borussia Dortmund home matches this past September and the atmosphere was amazing!! I also went to see St. Pauli at FC Koln and that was cool as well. There was no problems amongst supporters at all 3 matches.

    I forgot. I even went to see 1860 Munich at FC Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga 2 and that was even a good time.

  6. John Butler says:

    This is great stuff, but I don’t see how English football can change without a lot of pain for the supporter : if your club is going to be restricted in the way it operates , it is going to be less successful or might even go to the wall. Maybe that’s how it must be ; and we all take the (temporary) hit. What is for sure is that the present system is gross and mocks the very people who support it.

  7. Lee Bennett says:

    I myself became disillusioned with the PL a while back but did not choose the Bundesliga as my alternative.

    I went back to my roots, to the Blue Square North, where I have watched Hyde FC become embroiled in financial meltdown and flirtation with relegation.

    I’ve written about the first part ( and am working on the second piece which will be completed when Hyde’s future is confirmed.

    I’ve found that the grass isn’t always greener but it is definitely not greedier.

  8. German football has the correct balance between supporter and corporate interests. The collective debt of both professional leagues does not equate to the debt of Man Utd. German fans vehemently defend their football culture and will mobilise to dissuade the need for pandering to corporate involvement thus making the benefactor model obsolete. Can’t wait to get back to berlin to get my fix of Union and TeBe!

    Great article!

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