Bayern Munich: Oliver Kahn has chance to propose amends in FFP norms

Oliver Kahn will be representing Bayern Munih at ECA. (Photo by Marco Donato/FC Bayern Muenchen via Getty Images)
Oliver Kahn will be representing Bayern Munih at ECA. (Photo by Marco Donato/FC Bayern Muenchen via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich confirmed on Thursday that Oliver Kahn is set to represent the club at European Club Association (ECA). The former German goalkeeper takes up this role after succeeding Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as the club’s CEO earlier this year.

Kahn will start his tenure as part of the ECA board from November. He will be succeeding Michael Gerlinger as the German club’s representative at ECA. Gerlinger has been representing Rekordmeister in the association for the past four years.

The former German goalkeeper started playing a crucial role in decision-making at Die Roten during the final months of last season. He played a decisive role in bringing Julian Nagelsmann to Bavaria. Along with the club’s Sporting Director-Hasan Salihamidzic, Kahn made sure that Rekordmeister made the most out of a difficult window. Things have been smooth sailing for Kahn until now, but he will now have dual responsibility after joining ECA.

The opportunity to represent Die Roten at ECA also gives Oliver Kahn a much-needed chance to propose better amendments to financial fair play guidelines in Europe. The reported new changes in guidelines do benefit bigger clubs as they will have to pay luxury tax if FFP rules are violated.

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Die Roten president Herbert Hainer had publicly expressed concerns about the reported changes to FFP during the summer. Hainer didn’t believe it would bring some kind of order in the spending of clubs across Europe and benefit only super clubs. The introduction of salary caps that will be proportional to revenue generated by the club has also been proposed as one of the changes to FFP.

The summer transfer window did see a worrying trend as PSG and English club spent a lot of money, while other leagues in Europe were trailing from the financial losses caused by the pandemic. If this trend continues to be followed in the coming years, then other leagues may fall behind financially.

Apart from FFP amends, Oliver Kahn will be also looking to work in the best interests of Bundesliga along with chiefs from Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Die Roten was completely against joining European Super League, so Kahn will be sharing a similar line of thought at ECA.

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UEFA has already sanctioned clubs that tried to form breakaway league, but ECA will also try to bring in some changes to make sure that a similar situation doesn’t arise in the future. Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus still believe that idea of the Super League is alive.