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Clubs receive Uefa Euros pay-out

Cesc Fabregas
Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas helped Spain claim the Euro 2008 title

English clubs received 4.14m and Scottish clubs 359,196 from Uefa for releasing players to play in this summer's Euro 2008 tournament.

Arsenal were England's top recipients, earning 732,760 for the efforts of players such as Spanish European Championship winner Cesc Fabregas.

In Scotland, Celtic earned 272,989, compared to five-figure sums picked up by Inverness and Rangers.

German side Werder Bremen were highest earners overall, taking in 935,107.

England's overall sum comes in third behind Germany and Spain in the list of top earning countries, despite the national team failing to qualify for the tournament.

39 players from the English top flight, 23 of them from the top four of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, made the trip to Austria and Switzerland.

Among that number were Liverpool striker Fernando Torres for Spain, Chelsea's Michael Ballack for Germany and Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal.

Less likely beneficiaries in England were Championship side Southampton, who were compensated for winger Rudi Skacel's involvement in the Czech Republic squad, and Sheffield United who were paid for Turkey's selection of striker Colin Kazim-Richards.

Premier League champions Manchester United earned the fourth highest amount in England, 440,614, while Chelsea and Liverpool came second and third with 702,827 and 607,641 respectively.

TOP FIVE EARNERS
Werder Bremen [Germany] - 935,107
Olympique Lyonnais [France] - 888,412
Bayern Munich [Germany] - 870,452
Real Madrid [Spain] - 822,559
FC Barcelona [Spain] - 816,573

Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle were paid 57,471 for the services of Romanian striker Marius Niculae, almost twice the 28,736 Rangers received for the Czech Republic's Libor Sionko.

Sionko left the Ibrox outfit in 2007, but had participated in his country's Euro 2008 qualifiers during the two preceding seasons, so the Glasgow club were entitled to compensation under Uefa's criteria.

The sums are accumulated by Uefa, with clubs receiving compensation amounting to approximately 3,420 per player, per day and also take into account pre-tournament qualifiers.

The payments were agreed to last January as part of a deal to end a long-running dispute between the clubs and the governing bodies Fifa and Uefa.


English club payouts

Arsenal - 732,760
Chelsea - 702,827
Liverpool - 607,641
Manchester United - 440,614
Manchester City - 253,832
Aston Villa - 201,150
Portsmouth - 186,782
Middlesbrough - 167,624
Bolton Wanderers - 143,678
Newcastle United - 136,494
Southampton - 114,943
Birmingham City - 100,575
Blackburn Rovers - 100,575
Wigan Athletic - 95,786
West Ham United - 57,471
Reading - 43,103
Sheffield United - 40,709
West Bromwich Albion - 14,368

Scottish club payouts

Celtic - 272,989
Inverness Caledonian Thistle - 57,471
Rangers - 28,736

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see also
Scots and Welsh eye Euro 2016 bid
03 Dec 08 |  Internationals
Uefa to expand Euro Championship
26 Sep 08 |  Internationals


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