With the country's strong regulation and control and the unremitting efforts of the people, my country has achieved world-renowned results in fighting the new crown epidemic. Although we still cannot talk about winning this war completely, our social life is gradually returning to normal order.
In the field of football, football leagues in most countries in the world have been suspended, and the many chain reactions caused by this have really caused headaches for league managers and team leaders.
On March 17, Beijing time, UEFA held a press conference to announce that the 2020 European Cup, originally scheduled to be held this summer, will be postponed by one year; the Tokyo Olympics, which are also expected to be held this summer, have also been postponed. And a considerable part of the national team matches on each international match day have been cancelled. The postponement or cancellation of two major international competitions and national team matches has allowed more time for the national leagues to complete this season.
Fighting for the country is of course the supreme glory. But specific to football, which is now highly commercialized and inseparable from other social aspects such as politics, economy and culture, a functioning league system is the foundation for the survival of football in all countries. It can guarantee the normal life of tens of thousands of practitioners in a league, adult players can have a positive development environment, and young players can obtain stable training and growth opportunities.
In the same way, once the games can be resumed after this season, the priority of European leagues will be higher than that of the European war. After all, only a few teams will participate in the European war. The first thing that managers have to fight for is the survival of all teams in the league.
Taking the five major leagues as an example, what the outside world has seen and complained about is that the league managers and the top management of many teams are still trying to keep the league alive after the suspension of the increasingly serious epidemic; and want to make the league as soon as possible after the suspension. Resume, rather than cancel coverage of the rest of the season.
The summary is as follows:
On February 20, local time, Italy announced the first case of non-imported new crown in the country. The situation quickly deteriorated and the number of confirmed cases increased sharply.
Today Italy has become one of the most severely affected countries in the world, and the start of the race before May is no different from a fantasy.
On March 12, La Liga officially announced the suspension of the league for the next two weekends (ie 28 and 29 rounds). Since the last week of March is an international competition week, it means that La Liga was originally formulated to start in April.
On March 23, La Liga announced its continued extension. No time limit was given this time, "until the government announces that the epidemic is under control."
On the evening of March 12th, local time, the Premier League officials also announced that the league would proceed normally that weekend. And just less than an hour later, Arsenal officially announced that coach Arteta was diagnosed with the new crown virus. After Arteta's condition was announced by officials, the Premier League had to announce the suspension, and the time limit was still the first weekend of April.
After 7 days, the suspension time is confirmed to be no earlier than April 30.
Not long ago, the Premier League issued a statement again and will not resume before early May.
On March 13, it was officially announced that the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 leagues will be suspended until further notice.
Similar to the Premier League, the Bundesliga did not stop until there was a suspected case.
On March 13, just a few hours before the start of the first match of the 26th round of the Bundesliga (Düsseldorf VS Paderborn), Paderborn suddenly had a suspected infection case, including the head coach Baumgart and several players. At this time, the German Professional Football League announced the postponement of the round.
Three days later, the suspension of the league was extended to April 2 (in fact, only two rounds of 26 and 27 were postponed).
On March 24, the news that "the Bundesliga and Bundesliga will be postponed to at least April 30" was announced.
Obviously, after the outbreak of the epidemic, the managers still hope that the major leagues will continue, even in the form of empty games. It can be said that the league did not press the pause button until the eyebrows were on fire.
Even if the league was suspended, the managers had the same idea at the beginning: Let's wait for a while and observe, what if the epidemic turns around? No one can guarantee that the epidemic will get better in one month; in the same way, no one can guarantee that the epidemic will not get better in one month, right? When the situation does not allow it, it will be postponed. April cannot be delayed for May, May cannot be delayed for June, and June cannot be delayed for July. Anyway, this summer’s European Cup has been postponed to next year, which allows a lot of time to finish the league this season.
It is true that the development of the epidemic situation in European countries is not optimistic, and the possibility of a turnaround in the short term is very slim. In this regard, the league managers and the top team members actually have a certain fluke mentality, and the reason is nothing more than a vulgar but realistic word: money.
According to preliminary estimates, if the remaining games in the five major leagues this season are cancelled, the total loss will exceed 4 billion.
Nowadays, the income of a football club mainly includes the following four items: broadcast expenses, sponsor fees, match day income, and player selling expenses. Together, these four items usually account for more than 80% of the total income. Once the remaining games of the season are cancelled, the unpaid part of the broadcast fee is not available; of course, the game day income is gone; sponsor fees will be discounted accordingly; the transfer market shrinks predictably, and players can sell The price will be lower than before. It can be said that the loss is all-round.
In addition to the intuitive loss of revenue, the league and each team also face contract disputes with sponsors and broadcasters. Due to the negative impact of the cancellation of the game, they may ask for compensation, which of course will not be a small sum. If the bulk of the income is gone, you still have to compensate for the loss, and everyone will have a headache.
Take the German League alone as an example, the major media have relatively unified caliber: if the rest of the season is cancelled, nearly a quarter of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga teams will face bankruptcy. At that time, what everyone has to discuss is no longer the issue of championship ownership and relegation quota allocation, but how to get together the 36 teams that should have been.
Now, a living example has appeared. Zilina, who has won the Slovak Premier League championship seven times, has terminated the contract with 17 players, and the club has also entered bankruptcy liquidation proceedings.
Therefore, the professional league and each team "demand money but not life" is also due to a reason. The team loss caused by the suspension of the league is far beyond the imagination of most outsiders. Like Dortmund, there are very few examples of borrowing tens of millions of euros to overcome difficulties before the shutdown. More teams' expenditures are closely related to income. Once the suspension time is too long, the blow to the team is absolutely devastating.
In order to pursue their governance in their place, the managers of the league and the team must of course consider the health of the employees; at the same time, they have to work hard to solve the many major problems caused by the lockout.
2020 has entered the fourth month. Based on the current situation, letting the league continue to be postponed and waiting for a turnaround is a better choice. For the managers of UEFA and major leagues, time is not lacking, and "season cancellation" cannot be easily said, so that there is no room for maneuver, and various troubles may follow.
On April 3, the Belgian League officially announced that it would not reopen, becoming the first European league to be cancelled this season. Of course, the Belgian League has its special features: First, there is only the last round of the regular season this season, and Bruges has already determined to win the championship, and only the championship play-offs are cancelled; second, the commercial value of the league itself is not high. The overall impact of the suspension will not be as big as the five major leagues, and there will be less controversy and trouble.
Subsequently, UEFA issued a statement saying: "It is too early to end the league." It is hoped that other leagues will not follow the example of the League, and they require major leagues to restart preparations in July or August. At the same time, it is stated that if the league ends prematurely, it may affect the European war quota allocation of the league.
The first concern of governments and health departments of all countries is of course the prevention of the epidemic and the health of the people. They will not allow large groups of people to appear until the epidemic is fully controlled.
Most coaches and players are willing to stand with the club to overcome the difficulties, and even make their own contributions through donations and salary cuts. But their starting point is the health of themselves and their families first. At the same time, they do not need to worry about the specific operations of the team and will not easily agree to resume the game.
There are many reports in the media and their positions will be different. They may call for the cancellation of the season due to the severe epidemic, or analyze the choice of completing the season in different forms at different times due to severe losses.
Only the managers of major leagues and the top team leaders, while paying attention to the health of employees, are the real league and team operators. They need to worry about making money and worry about survival. Once the league or the team is in a desperate situation, their mission fails.
Rummenigge, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bayern Munich, said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:
拜仁慕尼黑董事会主席Rummenigge在接受Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung采访时表示：
The translation is as follows:
"From the fairness of the sport, we should definitely make this season complete." He even gave this choice: the season ends in September and the 2020/21 season starts in the winter. "At the moment, it is impossible to evaluate this from the health and political aspects, but (we) have to solve (to complete the season) this situation when necessary"
Switching individuals to sit in their positions and take up their responsibilities will make similar decisions.
As for how to choose, or that sentence, the world is constantly changing, and no one can give an exact timeline for the future development of the epidemic. You can only take care of the current situation, do it while watching, and then follow the actual development of the situation. Make a decision.
As mentioned above, in the face of the epidemic, all teams have suffered serious losses and felt a lot of financial pressure. Even giants such as Paris and Barcelona are not immune.
As a relatively well-funded team in the Bundesliga, Leipzig's CEO Mintzlaff told the media in March: "The team can pay the employees' salaries for the next two months. But then they can only borrow money."
In this regard, the Norwegian Premier League is the first to act. The method they chose is to "temporarily dismiss" players and coaches: players with an annual salary of 75,000 to 600,000 Norwegian kroner (1 Norwegian Kroner ≈ RMB 0.67) are paid by the government; and the annual salary is less than 75,000. Players and foreign aid with a contract of less than 12 months will not receive government funding.
In Ligue 1, Amiens, currently ranked second in the standings, first made the decision to cut employee wages. Lyon, the former seven-time champion, lowered the wages of employees in accordance with French policies and applied for unemployment benefits (part of the actual salary is borne by the government). In addition, Montpellier, Nimes and other teams also joined the ranks.
The Swiss Super League Sion Club’s approach is more straightforward: owner Constantine directly terminates seven players who refused to accept a pay cut, including several more famous players: former Swiss international Jurou, who played for Assen Alexandre Song, the midfielder of Barcelona and Barcelona, and Ivory Coast center Dumbiya, etc.
Although the club has suffered very serious economic losses, it is understandable to ask employees to lower their salary, but simple and even crude methods like the above will still cause a lot of controversy. In contrast, if labor and management can sit down and discuss, compromise and reach a consensus, it is naturally a better choice.
Monchengladbach, currently ranked fourth in the Bundesliga, announced on March 19 that the top management, coaches and players in the team are willing to give up part of the salary to help the team tide over the difficulties. According to reports, this way down to Borussia can save nearly 1 million euros in spending a month, and the team also expresses its gratitude for their decision in the official announcement.
Subsequently, Bremen, Dortmund, Berlin United, Freiburg, Mainz, Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Paderborn and other Bundesliga team officials announced the same decision; Schalke The 04 players agreed to lower their salaries to help the other employees of the team; all Bayern players, the board of directors, and the members of the supervisory board received a 20% salary cut. In addition, it is reported that the remaining Bundesliga teams are discussing similar issues.
In addition to the Bundesliga, Juventus, Barcelona and other teams have also announced their players' pay cuts.
Of course, not everyone is high-spirited and can voluntarily accept this form of salary reduction. A player's agent said that "the loss should be borne by the team." Although Juventus players have taken the lead in making a salary cut decision in Serie A, Tomasi, the chairman of the Players Union, once emphasized: "Now is not the time to talk about player salary cuts." The issue of salary cuts for other Serie A teams is still Need to discuss further.
Moreover, not all players rely on this profession to make a lot of money, and there are quite a few players whose income does not have much advantage over ordinary people. Paleari, the goalkeeper of Cittadella who is currently playing in Serie B, said when he took over the interview: "We are not Ronaldo, and the landlord will still ask us for rent if the salary is low."
Even if it is a pay cut, there are still some problems during this period. For example, the same reduction of 50%, so that a player with a monthly income of 100,000 only earns 50,000, and a player with a monthly income of 10,000 only earns 5,000. The impact on their lives is obviously different. .
It can be seen that it is not easy for both parties to reach a consensus. After all, this is an issue involving the fundamental interests of the team and the players, and it is possible to reach an agreement through constant discussions.
In the summer of 2001, Real Madrid bought Zidane from Juventus and spent 77.5 million euros, which was the highest transfer record in football at the time. The French record held for 8 years, until the summer of 2009 was broken by Cristiano Ronaldo at a price of 94 million euros.
Four years later, Bell became the world's first football player with a transfer fee of more than 100 million euros. So far, there are 10 players with a transfer fee of more than 100 million yuan, and 8 of them were completed in the last three seasons. In the last few transfer windows, it is a very common phenomenon for players to soar or even overflow.
It is foreseeable that this epidemic has brought a great impact on the economic conditions of the teams. In the next few windows, the available money will become less, and the crazy transfer market will be forced to cool down.
At the beginning of the 2013/14 season, UEFA’s "Financial Fairness Act" (FFP) was officially implemented. So far, this set of rules is still non-trivial, and there are still loopholes to be found in a crowd of crazy money-burning teams. In February of this year, Manchester City was banned from participating in the European War for two seasons, the reason being that it violated this UEFA policy. According to UEFA’s official statement, between 2012 and 2016, Manchester City’s sponsorship revenue was seriously exaggerated.
Taking advantage of the declining heat of the transfer market, UEFA can make FFP's review more stringent and the system more complete (if they want).
Disaster strikes, many teams and players also use their actions to contribute, help society, and help other teams.
As the two most outstanding stars in the world today, Messi and Ronaldo set an example in this regard: Messi has donated a total of 1 million euros to the local hospitals in Argentina and Barcelona; Ronaldo and his agent Mendes jointly After donating 1 million euros, he also donated medical supplies such as ventilators and masks to the home hospital.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Leverkusen, the four teams participating in the Champions League this season, decided to abandon their own league broadcast share, which totaled 12.5 million euros. Together with the 7.5 million raised, a total of 20 million euros will be handed over to the Bundesliga to help other teams cope with the crisis.
The game stopped, and the game of interests between the parties continued. but