Selling players helped Dutch top football clubs make a profit last season

football goal keeperThe 18 Dutch premier clubs made combined profit of €3.4m last season, but are still heavily dependent on the sale of players, the Volkskrant says on Friday.

Last season the Eredivise clubs made a combined loss of €12m.

The turnaround is largely due to Arnhem club Vitesse which sold players such as Wilfried Bony and Marco van Ginkel for €20m, cutting its losses to just €4m, the Volkskrant says.

League champion Ajax was the most profitable club, booking profit of €16.6m. FC Twente was the worst performer with a loss of €7.2m.

The Dutch football association KNVB does not include income from transfers when assessing club finances, saying the sale of players is not part of normal company operations.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation