Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn knows that Bayern Munich does not have endless coffers like some of the competition the club faces in Europe.
Germany’s 50+1 standard, plus the Bundesliga’s second-rate broadcast revenue make things difficult — off the pitch — when trying to go blow-for-blow with other world powers.
Kahn, however, has accepted his club will always operate with a limited budget in comparison to Manchester City, Paris-Saint Germain, or even the private-equity funded powers in La Liga. Still, Kahn is willing to roll up his sleeves and duke it out.
“The investor-driven English clubs in particular have enormous financial clout. Nevertheless, we’ve always managed to compensate for this competitive disadvantage. We’re working on that with everything we have, because we are FC Bayern,” Kahn told the club website. “What distinguishes us from all the other clubs is that we have always had a very strong community and a very strong culture of success here. Others have a winning mentality too - but we have this very specific ability to win. Here, we teach you how to win titles, that’s a very distinctive trait here. From my own experience, I can tell you how much it gives a player to shape an era. Many players only realize what it’s worth to be a defining part of an era when their career is over.”