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02nd Aug 2016

Irish club Dundalk earned a crazy amount of money with their Champions League qualifier success

They've never seen money like it...

Carl Anka

League of Ireland Dundalk made history following a 3-0 win in their Champions League third round qualifier.

Two David McMillan goals and a Robbie Benson strike earned Irish champions a 3-0 home-leg win over Belarus champions BATE Borisov.

The victor ensured a 3-1 aggregate success and saw them one round away from qualifying for the Champions League group stage.

At worse, Dundalk will enter next season with a Europa League position, an incredible result for Irish football.

Fans cannot believe it.

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Such was the scale of Dundalk’s victory, the club have effectively secured their economic future for several years.

As JOE writer Kevin Beirne points out…

Dundalk entering the Champions League qualifying round gives them a greater windfall than if they had won the league.

It looks like this historic victory could be worth at least €5m Euros to the League of Ireland side. If they win their play-off qualification match that would be worth a further €2m.

If they made it to the group stages of the Champions League proper – and become the first ever Irish cub to do so – that would pull in another €12m.

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A truly remarkable occasion.