German clubs give green light
The composition of the top two tiers of German football has been confirmed after all 36 clubs were awarded a licence to take part in their respective division next season. The German Football League (DFL) today confirmed that those clubs who had been ordered to make alterations to their budgets had done so and had convinced them of their financial stability ahead of the 2010/11 season.
"All of the clubs have handed in their documents within the deadline and these have been examined by the DFL and the licensing committee," said Harald Strutz, the chairman of the licensing panel. "Even the clubs and organisations who were given conditions to fulfil in the first round of licensing have completely fulfilled these. Therefore, there is nothing to prevent us giving out licences."
Arminia Bielefeld were the only club believed to be in serious danger of being demoted from the 2.Bundesliga due to their precarious finances, but financial aid from the Bielefeld city council has secured the club's place in the second division again next season. Hansa Rostock, who were relegated to the 3.Bundesliga last season, had presented the DFL with documentation to support their potential reinstatement should Bielefeld have failed to obtain a licence.