Where do Bundesliga clubs’ owners come from?

Ownership Bundesliga

Following the latest studies on club ownership in Serie A and Premier League, IQUII Sport presents you the edition focused on Bundesliga clubs. Football in Germany is popular for many reasons: top-quality football, a high average attendance at the stadium and a great fan culture.

Bundesliga clubs ownership: the 50 + 1 rule

The latter outlines one of the most particular aspects of German football: the “50+1 rule”. Imposed by the DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga), this rule aims to prioritise the wishes of supporters over pure profit, forcing clubs to hold a majority of their voting rights (50+1 of the club’s stake). Therefore, private investors are not allowed to have more than a 49% stake. Exceptions are made only for those investors who have been involved in a club for more than 20 years (before 1998).

This is a crucial topic to understand the #IQUIISportRiskGame | Bundesliga edition, which points out the country of origin of the 18 clubs competing in the highest German football division. As you can see, the 50+1 rule has a huge impact on the map, with RB Leipzig being the only club to be foreign-owned: the club founded in 2009 can be reconducted to the Red Bull company, having its seat in Austria. Ownership Bundesliga

Bundesliga Club Risk Game: the ownership map

Other situations with regard to a club’s ownership, such as the Hoffenheim one, are often disputed within German football. To have a complete overview of the ownership, here you can find the list of the Bundesliga clubs paired with the country of origin of the owners:

1. FC Köln: Germany

1. FC Union Berlin: Germany

1.FSV Mainz 05: Germany

Arminia Bielefeld: Germany

Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany

Borussia Dortmund: Germany

Borussia Mönchengladbach: Germany

Eintracht Frankfurt: Germany

FC Augsburg: Germany

FC Bayern München: Germany

Hertha BSC: Germany

RB Leipzig: Austria

SC Freiburg: Germany

SpVgg Greuther Fürth: Germany

TSG Hoffenheim: Germany

VfB Stuttgart: Germany

VfL Bochum: Germany

Vfl Wolfsburg: Germany

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