Lack of player sales weigh down Dortmund revenue

15 August 2019

Photo: Getty "We're a strong brand. We're in the top three in all the relevant areas," said Dortmund’s chairman, Hans-Joachim Watzke.

A new and improved TV deal was not enough to save Dortmund from a dip in overall revenue, largely caused by a significant decrease in player sales.

Dortmund’s net profit fell almost 50 per cent as the club struggled to increase matchday and commercial income to offset their lack of transfers.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

Just days before their first match in the Bundesliga, last year’s runners-up from Dortmund have presented their annual accounts for the 2018/19 season, calling for significant improvements on many financial posts for the season ahead.

Despite presenting an 18 per cent growth in revenue excluding transfers, from €313.3 million to €369.3 million, the club’s overall revenue fell by €46.5 million to €489.5 million from a club record €536 million the previous season. 

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