It was after all my first ever dog! The ‘huns’ as former generations might have referred – but I prefer our German counterparts in Europe, are destined to battle out for the Champions League trophy at Wembley. The issue I want to highlight is not the more common debate contrasting our Country and Deutschland of standing for spectators, club ownership and balanced finances – but that of ticket prices.
Talk Sport broadcast today a Season Ticket at Tottenham for £800+ for 2013/14 whilst Dortmund’s equivalent is an alleged £100. Okay so the German market is not one I’ve analysed but this significant variation – with the greater financial viability of that Country’s game does suggest there is something we might learn – and indeed others including Spain.
Uli Hoeness, President of Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s opposition in the Final, said when asked: “why the Club didn’t have higher ticket prices, like they do in England” he replied “We do not think the fans are like cows to be milked. Football has got to be for everybody. That’s the biggest difference between us and England.”