FIFA has announced that 400 clubs have benefited from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC receiving England’s biggest payments.
$40m was made available by FIFA to pay clubs for the participation of their players with Chelsea receiving $762,667 and Liverpool $695,600, finishing in third and fourth respectively. Barcelona was the highest paid club with Bayern Munich in second.
FIFA calculated each clubs earnings by factoring the number of players from each team present for the finals competition and the number of days each player was at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, starting two weeks before the opening match of the final competition and ending the day after the player’s team was eliminated.
Commenting on the payments FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: "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."
Clubs from 55 different associations received the payments for the 736 players who participated with FIFA setting aside $70m for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.