Before I return to more usual topics (I’m working on a posting on a nonleague club), it’s worth picking up on something Paul Geiss raised in a comment on my last post. Some details emerged today of the monies paid to various countries to provide “a share of the benefits from the successful staging of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™” (1)
Figures are based on a total per player basis and are intended to go the club the player comes from. One player attracts $1600 per day if at the World Cup, whether he actually plays or not. As Blatter puts it, “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”
Unfortunately the data is not entirely transparent as FIFA has only released on a country-by-country basis. Only the data for the top five clubs, from (exactly?) 400 clubs to benefit, is given. The FIFA announcement concludes with the following: “Furthermore, a number of clubs who are not playing in their national top division will also receive a share in the payments, whilst a number of clubs from Member Associations whose representative team did not participate in the final competition, will also benefit from such payments.”
I’ve repeated the data below, with a couple of extra columns – the countries’ regional body, a conversion of the FIFA dollar payment to sterling, and an indication of the wealth of the recipient countries (GDP per capita)
|Country||Continental body||FIFA payment||$1 = £0.647||GDP / capita|
[Countries in italics did not reach the Finals in South Africa.
GDP per capita figures are IMF estimates for 2010, of which home countries data is UK data]
This distribution would be a complete fail as an attempt to redistribute FIFA’s income from 2010 on a needs basis. Broadly, the rich get richer.
The fact that England tops the list is a reflection of the international make-up of Premier League squads rather than recognition of their efforts in the development of young players, as Blatter would have us believe.
Clubs in New Zealand, the sole OFC recipient, pick up just under £350,000; African clubs pick up just over three quarters of a million pounds; clubs in the two Americas share roughly the same amount, £1.4m heading southwards to CONMEBOL and £1.5m northwards to CONCACAF (roughly half of that heading for Mexican clubs), just over two million heads to Asia and the rest goes to UEFA clubs, in 29 of the 53 UEFA nations. ‘How much is the European share’ you ask. Well, it’s a total of just under eighteen and three quarter million pounds, which is three quarters of the money.
It’s interesting to see who the ‘furthermore’ countries are, selected on some unspecified basis. Biggest gainer in this group is Russia, with just under £450,000. Russia? Now they’ve come up in FIFA press releases recently if I remember rightly. As has Qatar, who pick up £26,000. Bet that’ll make a big difference to Qatari clubs. Qatar, by the way, has the highest GDP per capita in the world.
I’m sure Sepp Blatter must know what he’s doing.