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Bayern Munich executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge criticizes Borussia Dortmund’s business model

How not to win trophies like Spurs 101

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are both financially and sportingly stable institutions; Bayern is successful, Dortmund less so. Die Schwarzgelben has seen a steady decline in terms of performance, and it has been speculated that their business model is not sustainable for winning silverware. Buying young players with potential and shipping them off for huge profit is the name of their game…and it has earned criticism from Bayern executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Far too many transfers were made to create a business model in which the players would later be sold for a profit. [Jadon] Sancho goes to Manchester United, [Erling] Haaland to Manchester City, [and Jude] Bellingham to Real Madrid. That’s a loss not just for BVB, but the entire Bundesliga loses attraction.

– As captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia

It’s not rocket science that keeping your best players is crucial to win trophies, but it is also not impossible for players to want to move if another club approaches them or if they want to move. It is the parent club’s responsibility to convince the player to stay.


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