Bayern Munich top earners of FIFA cash for releasing World Cup players
NYON, Switzerland —
Bayern Munich earned the biggest share of the $70 million FIFA handed out to clubs as compensation for releasing players to the World Cup, taking home $1,734,367.
Real Madrid earned $1,297,800, Chelsea’s share was $1,253,233, and Barcelona got $1,191,167 in figures released by the European Club Association on Thursday.
According to the ECA, five more clubs collected at least $1 million from FIFA: Manchester United, Napoli, Arsenal, Juventus and Manchester City.
FIFA paid $2,800 for each day players were on official national team duty before and during the World Cup. The sum was shared between clubs each player was registered with in the previous two years.
The ECA said 396 clubs from 57 countries got FIFA payments.
U.S. teams were led by San Jose ($260,400), followed by the Sporting Kansas City ($209,533), the New York Red Bulls ($200,200), Real Salt Lake ($196,000), Houston ($179,200), Seattle ($165,900), now-defunct Chivas USA ($108,267), Columbus ($100,100), the Los Angeles Galaxy ($98,000), New England ($81,200), Philadelphia ($17,733), Chicago ($14,933), Colorado ($13,533) and D.C. United ($13,533).
In Canada, Toronto received $94,500 and Vancouver ($40,600).
The smallest checks of $6,300 went to Al Nasr, Athletic Bilbao and Ipswich.
Clubs have received a share of FIFA and Union of European Football Associations tournament revenues since the ECA was recognized by the governing bodies in 2008. That agreement also ended club legal actions for players being injured on international duty.
UEFA shared 100 million euros (now $118 million) among clubs from its 2012 European Championship revenues. It will pay 150 million euros ($177 million) from Euro 2016 income in a deal which also includes players released for qualifying matches.
FIFA has yet to agree on a compensation fund for the 2018 World Cup after talks stalled on a new working agreement with the ECA.