Bayern Munich expect to blame some 150 million euros in lost match day revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic, club boss Herbert Hainer said on Monday.
The economic devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic is increasingly concrete. Herbert Hainer, president of Bayern Munich, estimated that his club should lose 150 million euros in revenue. This loss, following all the games played behind closed doors, was discussed during a virtual press conference back to school alongside the future CEO, Oliver Kahn. But Hainer insisted, however, that “(the club’s) ambitions have not diminished”.
Only a few hundred supporters have been allowed to attend Bayern’s last game, last season at the Allianz Arena, since the pandemic hit Germany in March 2020. The new Bundesliga season kicks off on August 13 and the leaders Bayern hope that health regulations in Bavaria will allow a limited number of fans to attend their first home game against Cologne on August 21, in a stadium that can seat 75,000 people.
Khan: “Safety remains the priority”
New chairman Oliver Kahn said he wanted fans back to the stands as soon as possible, but that “safety remains the priority”. Kahn has also set next season’s goal of winning a tenth consecutive league title. “This is our big goal. It has never been done before in major European championships,” he said.
Kahn also revealed that the club are in talks to extend the contracts of midfielder Leon Goretzka and French winger Kingsley Coman. The former has one more year on the contract, Coman has two, but both are “very, very important players” who have been offered “generous” offers to re-join Bayern, the manager said. Kahn has admitted that Bayern want to avoid reliving the same contractual situation as David Alaba, who refused to sign an extension before joining Real Madrid for free after his contract expired.