Price tag for Fifa 2010 winners more than pleasing

2009-12-04 10:30


FIFA has budgeted R3.1?billion for next year’s World Cup with the

winners of the event guaranteed to walk away with a whopping R225?million. This

is a 61% increase from the previous tournament held in Germany in 2006.

The new figures were released by Fifa secretary-general Jerome

Valcke after the organisation’s executive meeting at Robben Island, The Western

Cape, yesterday.

Valcke said all the participating 32 countries would each receive

$1?million (about R7.5?million) to prepare their teams, adding that the same

amount would also be applicable in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Valcke also added that countries who would finish from 16th place

to 32 would each receive R60?million for taking part in the tournament. The runners-up will pocket R180?million.

Also, he disclosed that as the executive they took a decision to

compensate league clubs that have released players to play for their respective


He said clubs would each receive about R12?000 a day for each

player selected from 15 days before the start of the World Cup until their

country is knocked out. “This is our way of compensating the clubs for releasing

their players because at times it’s not easy (for those teams).”

Fifa has also taken a decision to stick with the under-23 teams for

the Olympic Games. “The status quo remains with the under-23 teams and three

over-aged players in the 2012 Olympic Games in London (England) but we will

review the situation afterwards.”

Valcke confirmed that they had also decided to increase the number

of teams from 16 to 24 for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Joseph Blatter, Fifa president, described the executive meeting at

Robben Island as a historic one and also disclosed that Fifa has made President

Jacob Zuma an honorary referee after his role in the Makana Football Association

(a football association founded in the ’60s by a group of political prisoners on

Robben Island), which has been accepted as a member of the organisation.

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