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There are 500 fewer clubs this season. “It’s the absolute drama”, says president of FPF – ZAP

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The President of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes

This season there are 500 fewer clubs compared to the previous season. The president of FPF, Fernando Gomes, classifies the situation as “absolute drama”.

The covid-19 pandemic and the consequent interruption of competitions was a blow to many Portuguese clubs, which were forced to close their doors. The president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) himself, Fernando Gomes, admits this scenario, classifying it as “absolute drama”.

“FPF had approximately 2,000 clubs registered last season, which accounted for a total of 9,000 teams. This season there are 500 fewer clubs. Of the 9 thousand and such teams, there are currently 3,700 ″, said Fernando Gomes in an interview with the newspaper Record.

“We are working together with clubs and district associations, to see if we find mechanisms that allow us to lose fewer young people and try to have the same level of activity that we had in 2019/20, when we reached the top of registered athletes, about 220 thousand. We had a goal that was to reach 300 thousand athletes at the end of our term and now it will be very difficult. Our goal is to try to recover the 220 thousand that we had“, He added.

The inability to generate revenue, the drop in revenue from television rights and the drastic decrease in the transfer market are some of the problems identified by the president of the FPF.

And for non-professional football? “It is absolute chaos”, shoot. “Clubs don’t have television revenues, they have tickets and there is no audience. They often have revenues from complementary activities at the bar, the headquarters, local sponsorship, support from local authorities, and they have stopped having them ”.

“We have more than a thousand certified entities that cannot survive because a significant part of the revenue was due to the monthly fee paid by the users. It’s an absolute drama, generalized to all modalities ”, he argued.

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