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Leverkusen sports boss: Bundesliga has long had investors

The topic of investors is the subject of heated debate in the Bundesliga. Leverkusen's head of sport Simon Rolfes does not believe that the fans will be lost. However, there are already protests.

Leverkusen's Managing Director Sport Simon Rolfes stands in the stadium before the match. Photo.aussiedlerbote.de
Leverkusen's Managing Director Sport Simon Rolfes stands in the stadium before the match. Photo.aussiedlerbote.de

Soccer - Leverkusen sports boss: Bundesliga has long had investors

Head of sport Simon Rolfes from Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen would like to see a more objective approach to investors in soccer. The term "investor" is "generally very negative in Germany", said Rolfes (41) in an interview with "Sportbuzzer" (Sunday): "People fear that real soccer will be lost because the investor takes over the whole thing. But that's complete nonsense, of course." The reality is "that there have long been investors, small shareholders or even shareholders in the Bundesliga. And I don't just mean Bayer 04 Leverkusen."

The former professional does not believe that fans will be lost as a result of new investors joining the club. "Despite all the ties to tradition, the reality is that you can't get anywhere with just air and love," said Rolfes: "I am convinced that many of the fans are aware of the need for internationalization and financial cooperation."

The question is also what quality is wanted for the Bundesliga in international comparison. "My feeling is that the fans want us to be internationally competitive and occasionally win a game in the Champions League and Europa League," said Rolfes. It's not just about not losing touch with the English Premier League. "Others aren't sleeping either, there are also multi-club ownership models in La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, for example," said Rolfes: "It's like the free labor market, and in the end the players also orient themselves towards the leagues where they earn the most money."

At the general meeting on Monday, the German Football League (DFL) received a mandate from the professional clubs to enter into concrete negotiations with a strategic marketing partner. A financial investor is to pay up to one billion euros for a percentage share of the TV revenue. The contract is to have a maximum term of 20 years. This agreement has met with disapproval from many club supporters.

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Source: www.stern.de

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