If I could have a theme song—if I could pick a piece of music that would play anytime I step into the room—this would be it. Sure, I’d drive myself insane trying to live up to an entrance like that, but it would be worth it.
“We could charge more than £104. “Let’s say we charged £300. We’d get £2m more in income but what’s £2m to us? In a transfer discussion you argue about that sum for five minutes. But the difference between £104 and £300 is huge for the fan. We do not think the fans are like cows, who you milk. Football has got to be for everybody. That’s the biggest difference between us and England.”—
Uli Hoeneß, Bayern Munich president, discussing the club’s affordable ticket pricing plan - 120 Euros for a terrace season ticket. One third (12,500) of the club’s season tickets are at this price. (via pitchinvasion)
“The Premier League’s 20 clubs collectively made a loss of £392m last year, after spending all of their record £2.2bn income. Of the clubs which were in the Premier League in 2010‑11, the year of most clubs’ latest published accounts, only five, 25%, made a profit, £71m in total. Of the other clubs, 14 made losses, totalling £463.4m. Manchester City, in the third year since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi bought the club and began to pour in money to acquire a team capable of winning the Premier League, lost £197m, the greatest financial loss in the history of football.”—Must-read by David Conn on the insane finances of the Premier League. (via pitchinvasion)