Prof. Dr. Mayer & Mennekes
FC Bayern München eV: results and records presented at this year’s AGM
The FC Bayern München Group (consolidated with all subsidiaries) and FC Bayern München AG, as well as members’ club FC Bayern München eV can look back on a successful year in both sporting and commercial terms.
1st Vice President Prof. Dr. Dieter Mayer and 2nd Vice President Walter Mennekes announced impressive figures and records at this year's Annual General Meeting in the Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle on Sunday afternoon.
Third most valuable club in the world
“In both sporting and commercial terms, FC Bayern is one of the three most successful clubs in the world. I think we were the only club in the world that managed to remain profitable during the pandemic," said Mayer proudly. The club is divided into two main operations: non-material/sporting and commercial. Revenue in the non-material operation amounted to a total of €15,038,314 in 2022/23, with membership fees accounting for the largest share (€12,679,331). Outgoings amounted to €17,632,320. Expenses for the sporting operation totalled (€7,053,286), the FC Bayern Campus accounted for the largest share.
The club was able to generate revenue of €7,925,512 from commercial operations, for example from revenue from the members' magazine 51 (€2,954,723) and rent from the Campus (€2,629,335). The main contributor to total outgoings (€5,542,854) was the club magazine (€2,124,068). The overall result of FC Bayern München eV is slightly negative: the result from the non-material operations of €-2,594,006 vis-à-vis the profit from commercial operations of €2,582,658 resulted in an overall loss of €-11,348. "Of course, we would like to have reached breakeven, but the results give us no cause for concern, as we need to take into consideration €4 million in depreciation for the FC Bayern Campus," Mayer explained.
316,000 members and 50,000 in the KIDS CLUB.
"I would particularly like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal members. The number of members has risen once again despite the increased cost of energy and living costs," said Mayer. FC Bayern broke the 300,000 club member mark back in February. There are currently an incredible 316,000 members around the globe (as of November 2023). The KIDS CLUB is also unrivalled worldwide with its 50,000 members. Mayer once again emphasised the importance of members for the club and promised: "We will ensure that all our fans and members are able to attend FC Bayern matches under acceptable and economically justifiable conditions - this is our top priority."
2,100 active sportswomen and sportsmen
Mennekes summarised the achievements of the eV, underlining the diversity of FC Bayern. "We are German champions, European champions, bronze medalists, newly promoted, Southern German champions, record winners, Bavarian champions, individual champions and team champions." The club comprises a total of seven sections. These include basketball, handball, sports skittles, chess, and refereeing, as well as veterans’ football and table tennis. "Today, all these sections are receiving the recognition they deserve for their successes and great work over the past year," said Mennekes.
Mennekes reported that the members’ club currently has more than 2,100 active athletes in the various section. The largest, the basketball team, collected numerous titles and successes in the youth sector. The women also celebrated winning the championship title and promotion to the regional league. In handball, the focus on youth development is slowly but surely paying off. The basis for success in adult sport has thus been laid, as underlined by the promotion to the national league. And the sports skittles section, the smallest with around 50 members, was also able to build on its great successes and celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Numerous trophies and growth in membership
It is encouraging to see growth in membership of the chess department, which now has 300 members comprising 11 adult teams, three women's teams, one senior team and numerous youth teams. Once again, the veterans’ football section, which has 200 members, was also able to impress, winning three German championships in addition to all the regional titles in the District League. "We came, we saw and we conquered, and brought all three German championships from Berlin to Säbener Straße in Munich," said Mennekes.
With 136 members, FC Bayern has the largest refereeing section in Europe. It has also won the title of German Referee Team Champions. The whistle blowing men and women make an important contribution to the organisation of matches in all amateur leagues all the way up to the regional league. "All of these sporting achievements would not be possible without the many people involved on a daily basis. I would like to thank all employees and the many volunteer members for their commitment," emphasised Mennekes.
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