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Bordeaux faces financial crisis: Club needs 50 million euros to avoid penalties

19. May 2024
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This season has been particularly challenging for Bordeaux, a club with a storied history.

Following their relegation from the top tier, their immediate return to Ligue 1 was the primary objective. However, the six-time French champions finished in a disappointing twelfth place, raising concerns among fans and club officials alike.

Bordeaux's initial plans were straightforward: secure promotion back to Ligue 1. However, the season's end saw them far from their goal, leading to widespread dissatisfaction. Gerard Lopez, the club's president, has been notably critical of the results, and his displeasure threatens the club’s financial stability.

According to L'Equipe, Lopez has emphasized the need for Bordeaux to secure 50 million euros before the next season. Failure to do so could result in severe penalties from the French league's financial watchdog, DNCG, potentially including the loss of the club’s competitive license for the 2024/25 season.

Lopez plans to raise part of this amount through player sales, expecting to generate between 15 and 20 million euros. Given his significant market value, it would not be surprising if Žan Vipotnik, who scored ten goals in his debut season in French football, were to be sold.

The fans have voiced their frustration, holding Lopez accountable for the current situation. During the last home game, a banner directed at Lopez read: "GL: if saving the club means leading it to disaster, you cannot be a messiah."

Lopez is now focused on securing fresh capital in the coming weeks. Without it, the club that once saw the rise of Zinedine Zidane could face one of the most challenging periods in its history.
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