FIFA appeases UEFA, 2026 World Cup club reward ‘460 billion’

Starting with the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America, the International Football Federation (FIFA) decided to significantly increase the amount of compensation paid to club teams that selected players for the tournament.

The British BBC announced on the 28th (Korean time) that FIFA increased the World Cup club compensation to 355 million dollars (461.1 billion won).

FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the General Assembly of the European Professional Football Clubs Association (ECA) held in Budapest, Hungary on the same day and agreed with ECA President Nasser Al-Khelaifi on an increase in compensation and signed a memorandum of understanding. When announcing the increase in compensation, Alexander Ceferin, president of the European Football Federation (UEFA), also kept his seat.

It’s an amazing change. This is a 70% increase from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. At that time, a total of 209 million dollars (271.7 billion won) was paid to the club that allowed its players to participate in the World Cup.

In this World Cup, compensation was given to the team by calculating 10,000 dollars per day for each player participating in the World Cup. Tottenham, which produced 11 national players, received 2.8 million dollars (3.64 billion won), and Jeonbuk Hyundai, which produced 6 players in the K-League, received 2.3 billion won.

According to the changed compensation plan, Tottenham will receive 6.1 billion won and Jeonbuk will receive close to 3.9 billion won먹튀검증. The revised compensation is planned to be implemented even for the 2026 North and Central America Games and the 2030 Games. It is a change that the club has no choice but to welcome.

Of course, the general opinion is that the decision was made based on FIFA’s clear calculation method. It can be seen as a carrot for European clubs and UEFA, which have been in conflict.

President Infantino pushed for a plan to hold the World Cup every two years, but faced opposition from European clubs and UEFA. Then, it was decided to increase the number of participating countries to 48, starting with the North and Central America Games, while keeping the World Cup cycle the same. Furthermore, it was decided to hold the Club World Cup every four years in even-numbered years when the World Cup is not held. It is said that it will be held in the same format as the actual World Cup by increasing the size of the Club World Cup that is currently being held.

Of course, there was a lot of opposition. This is because the schedule is tight with each league and UEFA club competition, and there are many risks of injury just by selecting players for the World Cup and the European Football Championship (Euro), which are held every four years.

Nevertheless, UEFA and ECA decided to support FIFA. This is because the world’s big clubs such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona (above Spain) and Juventus (Italy) agreed to stop the ‘Super League’ that was trying to launch. After an attempt to launch in April 2021 failed, three teams, including Real Madrid, are showing strong will by filing a lawsuit against UEFA to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). UEFA is concerned that if the Super League is launched, the operating system centered on the Champions League (UCL) will be shaken.

However, it is unknown whether Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​and Juventus, which send many players to the World Cup, will bend their will to launch the Super League with FIFA’s expanded compensation system.

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