Only Bayern profitable among European champion clubs in 2020-21

London – Bayern Munich were the only title winners in Europe’s eight major football leagues to turn a profit in the coronavirus-disrupted 2020-21 season, a study from auditing firm KPMG showed on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga champions just scraped into the black with an after tax profit of €1.8 million ($2.0 million), also recording the lowest ratio of staff costs to operating revenue at 58 per cent.

“While the reopening of stadia and some major commercial deals signed recently may provide some optimism … the pandemic only magnified the financial sustainability issues and fragility of the football ecosystem,” KPMG’s global head of sports Andrea Sartori said.

Exemplifying those problems, Serie A winners Inter Milan posted an annual loss of €245.6 million on operating revenues of €347.5 million, with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid losing €111.7 million on revenues of €349.6 million.

Topping the revenue table were Premier League champions Manchester City, generating €644.2 million, a rise of 17 per cent from the previous season, the study showed.

City, who reached the final of the Champions League, also leapfrogged local rivals Manchester United (€557 million) for the first time.

Bayern were second behind City with revenues of €597.5 million, while Turkish Super Lig winners Besiktas had the lowest revenue among the eight champion clubs with €59 million.

Six of the clubs increased broadcasting revenues, benefiting from deferred income related to matches postponed from the 2019-20 season and played after June 2020. — Reuters

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