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Friday, January 14, 2011

FIFA Compensates Clubs for World Cup Players Absence

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Fifa paid out $40m to 400 clubs that released players for last year's World Cup in South Africa, it has been revealed. Barcelona was the biggest recipient, pocketing $866,267 after several of its players starred in the 32-team tournament. It provided six starters, including the scorer of the winning goal Andres Iniesta, to the Spain team that beat the Netherlands 1-0 in July's final. A total of 736 players were involved in the event. 'We are pleased that we can share the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup with the clubs by providing them a share of the benefits of our flagship event, in particular to recognise their efforts in the development of young players,' Fifa president Sepp Blatter said. Fifa agreed to pay $1,600 per player per day for the duration of their stay at the tournament. A further $70m has been set aside for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Bayern Munich earned the second-highest payout of $778,667, followed by Chelsea with $762,667, Liverpool with $695,600 and Real Madrid, which received $678,133.

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