Maribor is still a very, very expensive football environment: the Viole need almost half a million euros a month to live a normal life!
The crisis in which it finds itself Maribor has been one of the main topics in Slovenian club football for the last few days. The situation in Ljudski vrt is quite alarming, and the leading people of the Vilnius fans are trying to put out the fires that have been started. One of the many accusations levelled at the club is also money-related. Fans wonder where the money Maribor made in its golden years, when it played regularly in European cups, has gone. In response to the accusations, Bojan Ban, the club’s business director, revealed that Maribor is still a very, very expensive football environment.
Maribor needs between 6 and 8 million a year
“We are looking at where Maribor is, what can be gained in Slovenia, what can be scratched, what can be gained through additional activities such as hospitality. Maribor has never been able to survive without selling players. Sponsorship amounts are lower, with the club needing between €6 and €8 million per year. So you see what we need to create to survive. I can safely say that we are the club that gains the most from working with sponsors, but even if you add all that and add in the income from ticket sales, fan merchandise and marketing, you are still missing a concrete part of the budget. We need between €400,000 and €500,000 a month to run the entire Club, which is no small sum,“, explained Bojan Ban in an interview for Večer, who also – as we have already reported – revealed that Maribor is in talks with a potential business partner
that would come to the club as a business partner and thus provide part of the budget.
Bojan Ban: “No one sleeps”
At the same time, Bojan Ban strongly emphasised that nobody in the club’ s management cares that Maribor is not what it was not long ago: “These results are the hardest for us at the club, but it is our responsibility to get back to the level that everyone wants. Over the years, they have worked to build trust, to be aware that a crisis can happen, so reactions are more understanding. In offices, no one sticks to their chair. If someone comes in who will manage the club better, thank God. Organised fans apparently still trust. We don’t know how far, because we have no direct contact with them. When you lose, nobody feels good, and everyone reacts in their own way – some shout in public, others dig in. We are aware of our responsibilities and are looking for solutions. No one is sleeping, and no one is holding on to a chair.”
This text was automatically translated using AI.