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Web address
Available in German, English, Dutch, Turkish, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Owner Axel-Springer-Verlag, Matthias Seidel
Created by Matthias Seidel
Launched May 2000
Current status Active

transfermarkt is a German-based[1] website that has footballing information, such as scores, results, transfer news, and fixtures.[2] According to the IVW, it is in the top 25 most visited German websites, and one of the largest sport websites after[3]


The website was founded in May 2000, by Matthias Seidel. In 2008, Axel Springer publishing house took over, gaining a 51% share in the website. However, Seidel kept 49% of the shares.[4] The English-language version started in 2009.

Website content[edit]

The website has scores, results, transfer news, fixtures, and player values. Despite the player values, along with some other facts, being estimates,[5] researchers from the Centre for Economic Performance have found that the 'rumours' of player transfers are largely accurate.[6]


On 19 May 2014, a relaunch took place for the so-called update to 'version 4'. In the course of this update there were both server-technical as well as data-legal issues, as private data was visible to other users for an indefinite period of time.[7] For 48 hours the site had only a very limited availability, resulting in multiple complaints on Facebook.[8] The biggest criticisms from users was the confusing new design. As a result, publicly apologized for the incidents and issues that were caused during the relaunch.[9]


  1. ^ "Report for | Norton Safe Web". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Football Portal for the Premier League and Transfer Rumour Forum". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Schröder, Jens (8 September 2010). "Online-IVW: Sport gewinnt, News verliert" [Online-IVW: Sport wins, News loses]. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Axel Springer übernimmt Mehrheit an Deutschlands größter Fußball-Community" [Axel Springer acquires majority stake in Germany's biggest football community]. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Ahrens, Peter (6 August 2010). "Bundesliga-Transfers: Magie des Pinkepinke-Plans" [Bundesliga transfers: Magic of the dough plan] (in German). Spiegel Online. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Bryson, Alex; Frick, Bernd; Simmons, Rob (September 2009). "The Returns to Scarce Talent: Footedness and Player Remuneration in European Soccer" (PDF). Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Linder, Armin (20 May 2014). "Daten-Leck bei" [Data leak on] (in German). Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Wietlisbach, Oliver (20 May 2014). "Am Montag lancierte «Transfermarkt» seine neue Website. Dabei ging schief, was schief gehen konnte. Sogar private Nachrichten waren plötzlich für andere einsehbar." [On Monday "Transfermarket" launched a new website. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. Private messages were suddenly visible to others.] (in German). Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Seidel, Matthias (23 May 2014). "Transfermarkt sagt Entschuldigung" [Transfermarkt apologizes] (in German). Retrieved 23 July 2014.