GENEVA: Germany’s World Cup triumph in Brazil was worth its weight in gold not only for Joachim Low’s team but for national champions Bayern Munich writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Bayern reaped $1.7m from the system by which world federation FIFA compensated clubs financially for the ‘use’ of their players during the finals.
The further a team progressed, the more days players were required. Hence Bayern cashed in by providing seven players to the German squad for the entire tournament and 18 altogether.
Runners-up were European champions Real Madrid ($1.29m) followed by Chelsea of the English Premier League ($1.25m).
Altotgether 396 clubs from 57 different national associations’ leagues received pay-outs for the 736 players involved.
A statement from the European Club Association, explaining the distribution system of the agreed $70m, said: “A club’s share of the $70m is calculated by reference to the number of players from a club selected [and] the number of days each player was at the tournament.
“The total amount per player is calculated by multiplying the number of days a player was present by a fixed amount per player per day, which was set at $2,800.
“Of the total amount per player, a pro rata share is then passed on to the club(s) with which a player was registered in the two year period before the final tournament (ie season 2012-13 and 2013-14).”
Emphasising the reliance of the World Cup on good relations between FIFA and the European clubs, the ECA said that 240 clubs of the total of 396 “are registered with a European national association.”
This may be a significant negotiating factor as FIFA seeks to agree out-of-summer dates for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
The millionaires (in US dollars)
Bayern Munich 1,734,367
Real Madrid 1,297,800
Manchester Utd 1,160,367
Manchester City 1,009,167
Full clubs pay-off list: http://tinyurl.com/qb9y9ug