German Bundesliga rocked as hugely-popular DFL boss decides to resign

2 November 2020

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Photo: PA Images Christian Seifert gives a speech to the German title-winners FC Bayern Munich back in June this year.

Christian Seifert, CEO of the German Bundesliga, has announced his departure from the DFL in June 2022.

Seifert has been recognised as the biggest figure in German football since initially steering German football through the major challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The DFL boss has been instrumental in commercialising the Bundesliga and since he joined in 2005, the DFL has raised €10 billion ($10.8 billion) in TV rights sales.

Svend Bertil Frandsen bertil@offthepitch.com

To the neutral observer, the future seems bright for German football after a week with three out of five German sides recording impressive wins in the European club competitions - and Borussia Mönchengladbach nearly pulling off a shock win against mighty Real Madrid.

But while everything seems fine and dandy for German football at international level, a volcano rumbling under the Bundesliga erupted on Monday 26 October when Christian Seifert announced he would step down as CEO of the DFL in June 2022.

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