Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – As the pros travel across Europe for the European Championship qualifiers and Nations League, the great German soccer bosses talk about the future at home.
According to information from “Bild am Sonntag”, “Kicker” and the German news agency, 14 Bundesliga clubs and Hamburger SV intend to meet in Frankfurt on Wednesday to discuss the current central issues in professional football. Explosive: There are no four first division clubs.
The meeting will take place under the leadership of top clubs FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen, who have already shown solidarity during the Corona crisis, but without representatives of the German football league. The event’s initiator is the Bavarian Chief Executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the organizer Eintracht Frankfurt must ensure that it is performed in the metropolis of Main.
The Bundesliga clubs FSV Mainz 05, FC Augsburg, Arminia Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart have not been invited. Mainz, Stuttgart and Bielefeld, as well as clubs in the 2nd division, would try to redistribute television money. Therefore, Wednesday’s meeting should be more marginal. Currently, it can be assumed that the composition of 15 selected clubs that will now attend the first meeting does not end there.
Among other things, it will be discussed in Frankfurt on Wednesday who will succeed DFL director Christian Seifert, who will leave at the end of June 2022. The next steps in the Corona crisis and the current situation at the German Football Association should also be on the agenda. Recently there was turbulence in the leadership team around President Fritz Keller and Secretary General Friedrich Curtius.
The new merger seems strange in several ways and comes at a surprising time. Seifert’s successor will not only be decided by the Supervisory Board of DFL, but is still completely unproblematic in terms of time. The question is also how the meeting of the great football bosses fits in with the newly established task force “Future of professional football”.