FC Porto | The smartest club in Europe

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FC Porto | The smartest club in Europe

Post by mrbeankid22 » 17 Jul 2009, 04:34

Okay honestly, FC Porto have to be the most productive side in all of Europe, if the not the world when it comes to football. They're yearly profits from smart business decions and transfers are astronomical.

Yes they may not be a top European 8 club, but they usually make it to the knockout stages of the champions league, and they are almost always odds on favorites to win the Portugese League every year. They even won the Champions league under Mourinho in 2004.

Plus, from a business perspective, Porto just rakes in millions upon millions every year in profits.

Just few transfers from recently.

Lucho Gonzalez - Sold for 18-24M EU, bought for 6M EU
Aly Cissokho - Pending Sale to Lyon for 15M EU, bought for 300k EU in January
Lisandro Lopez - Sold for 24M EU, may rise to 28M EU, bought for 2.5M EU
Anderson - Sold for 18M EU
Bosingwa - Sold for 20M EU
Quaresma - Sold 18M EU

Sure they might no have that one Ronaldo or Kaka transfer that just breaks the bank, but for a club of their stature, operating the way they do, they are doing pretty damn well.

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Post by ratherton » 17 Jul 2009, 12:38

Do you know for a fact they are well run?

Perhaps they need to raise that money on the transfer market in order to keep the club running?
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Post by mrbeankid22 » 17 Jul 2009, 13:33

http://www.portugoal.net/index.php/more ... ng-machine

They do more than enough to keep their club running, of course they have/had a debt to pay off for their stadium but they seem to be largely successful in scouting and selling young talents, primarily from South America for huge profits.

I have yet to find a reputable source that gives their total earnings for the last few years (including all the costs involved with running the club), but I'd be hard pressed to find them to be losing money. Most big clubs in Europe are on a down swing when it comes to financial profitability at the end of the day. Huge debts are swamping many clubs, some fans have yet to realize it. Porto seems to be keeping a good business model while winning consistently in their own league (yes its not a top tier one, but its still produces respectable sides to some point, lets forget the Sporting v. Bayern Munich tie though).

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