Big-cash coaches

2010-05-09 10:53

South African soccer fans can take solace in the fact that despite

his obscene salary of R11.8 million a year, Carlos Parreira is not the

highest-paid coach in Africa.

Nigeria’s Lars Lagerback, who was appointed in February on a

six-month deal, leads the African pack as his pay would amount to €2?million

(R19.6 million) a year, making Parreira the second highest-paid coach of the six

men who will be in charge of African countries at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The Brazilian is ninth on the list of the 32 finalists.

According to a list of World Cup coaches’ salaries released on

Futebol Finance website, the pair come nowhere near England’s Italian coach,

Fabio Capello, whose annual salary is a whopping €8.8?million (R86 million),

making him the highest earner.

Parreira earns more than Carlos Dunga (Brazil), Diego Maradona

(Argentina) and Raymond Domenech (France), whose countries are in the Top 10

Fifa rankings.

Bafana Bafana are ranked 90th.

Lagerback draws a salary of €165?000 a month – which stunned the

Nigerian authorities, with Senate Committee on Sports chairman Heineken Lokbori

exclaiming: “Monthly? It can’t be!”

agerback’s predecessor, Shaibu Amodu, would have been the

worst-paid World Cup coach at €125?000 a year.

Ivory Coast coach Sven Goran-

Eriksson is in the same salary

bracket as Parreira. Although he is on a three-month deal, Goran-Eriksson’s

€315 000 basic package would translate into €1.2 million a year.

He is on a total €2.3-million package and could get an additional

€1.9 million, depending on how far The Elephants progress at the World


Goran-Eriksson has been promised €210?000 should his herd reach the

last 16 stage; €316?000 (quarterfinals); €421?000 (semifinals); €527?000

(final); and a further €527?000 should his team win the tournament.

He will earn €3?500 a day for coaching a country where half the

population survives on less than €3.5 a day.

Cameroon’s Paul Le Guen earns €650?000 a year while Milovan Rajevac

of Ghana is earning an annual salary of €365?000.

Algeria’s Rabah Saadane is the lowest earner on the continent as he

takes home €245?000 a year – four places above the lowest earner, North Korea’s

Kim Jong Hun (€170?000).

According to, these figures refer only to the

gross annual salaries and do not include other perks such as bonuses and



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