Eintracht Frankfurt

Bundesliga Weekly vol.10:Eintracht Frankfurt enforce pay cuts

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Eintracht Frankfurt enforce pay cuts to stem the tide of dwindling revenues, Bayern Munich contend with mental fatigue and Hairdressers are furious.

Eintracht Frankfurt forced to slash salaries

Eintracht Frankfurt’s sports director, Fredi Bobic, explained in CHECK24 Doppelpass that the team is currently facing cuts in salaries amid the lost revenues from COVID-19.

“We were on a super path and the best growing club economically as well. We invested well in the team, not only in the short term but also in the medium term. And then suddenly you lose 50 to 70 million euros that you had planned for,” he said.

The loss in revenue relates to spectators in games and merchandising. The club reacted by introducing a pay cut for the players until June 30th.

“It always sounds so easy to talk to the players and explain to them they should give up parts of their salary. But it’s complicated. It’s not fun at all to do something like that. But it was necessary. And yet, try to strengthen the team,”.

This week, Frankfurt secured the services of 23-year-old Luka Jovic on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season.

COVID-19 will have far-reaching consequences in professional contracts and obligations in the Bundesliga.

Have Bayern opponents decrypted their match plan?

The “indomitable” Bayern are in a new territory after the last two matches. I will not call it a crisis, yet. But is it a snapshot of things to come?

Bayern lost to Gladbach last week in the Bundesliga 2-3. It was a highly contested match, and there was an element of surprise at the score.

Felix Magath, former coach of Bayern, said in Blickpunkt Sport on Sunday, that “Bayern don’t have tired legs, they have a tired head”. Because they took part in different competitions both national and international, he believes they have “won tiredly”.

It is possible that signs of decline are setting in because of mental fatigue. However, this week in German FA cup, Bayern lost to Kiel in penalties. A second division team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, in his analysis after the match, summed up the problem with few words: Bayern’s defense defends high but their opponents play deep. Gradually Flick’s system has become predictable.

Most pundits agree that Bayern’s defense need restructuring mentally. And Hansi Flick, in a press conference Friday before their next match against Freiburg ,hopes they have mental freshness to play.

Bundesliga players and haircuts

Have you watched the hairstyles of Bundesliga players lately? Some players have fresh haircuts, and most do not look unkempt. This had made the German hairdresser association suspicious.

COVID-19 is destroying many business models, including hairdressers. In a polite manner, I ask the players, can we get along? Save your haircuts for another time and season. And I know, the hairdressers will gladly do a marvellous job after the COVID-19 restrictions relaxed!