Participating in the World Cup and going as far as possible is obviously a question of glory and a unique emotion for any athlete. But in the offices where the white collars of the federations congratulate themselves on the performances of their athletes, we also necessarily think, a little, of the financial fallout. As the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar begins this Saturday, the 16 lucky qualifiers, from defending champion France to South Korea or Switzerland who snatched their ticket on Friday evening, are already guaranteed to leave. emirate with a little financial windfall in their suitcases.
Fifa had announced it before the World Cup: it has 440 million dollars (about 417 million euros) to distribute among its 32 participants in the final phase. All the teams, which have also received 1.5 million dollars (1.4 million euros) before the competition to cover their preparation costs, are guaranteed to receive something, even the eliminated ones, including the federations will receive $9 million.
$13M for the round of 16, $42M for the champion
The bonuses then climb, logically, from the round of 16 to the big winner of this edition. 13 million dollars (12.3 M€) will be allocated to the teams exiting in the eighth and 17 million (16.1 M€) to those eliminated in the quarters. For the semi-finalists, the note rises crescendo according to the final classification, decided thanks to the small final and the final: 25 million dollars (23.7 M€) for the 4th, 27 million (25.6 M€) for the 3rd, 30 million (28.4 M€) for the vice-champion and, for the team which will succeed the Blues, 42 million euros.
At the same time, as in 2014 and 2018, Fifa will also allocate funds to the clubs which have provided the players for these globalist selections. If a player has played for a club in the two-year period before the World Cup, the club will be paid approximately $10,000 per day the player has spent in Qatar, preparation included. In total, it is an envelope of 209 million dollars (198 M€) which is planned through this program of distribution of profits to clubs.
In 2018, this program benefited 416 clubs from 63 member associations across five continents. 24 French clubs had thus received a little something, including Paris Saint-Germain, which was one of the best-off clubs with 3,894,080 dollars (3.6 M€) received. Thanks, in particular, to his four eligible players who lifted the trophy with France: Kylian Mbappé, Alphonse Areola and Presnel Kimpembe, who all played for PSG at the time, but also Blaise Matuidi, who only left him a year before the World Cup. With 10 players out of 11 qualified in the round of 16, the capital club should once again receive a pretty penny after the World Cup.