A total of 575 clubs will share in the benefits of UEFA EURO 2012 in accordance with the renewed Memorandum of Understanding which was signed between UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) in March.
UEFA has today finalised the calculation of the amounts to be paid to UEFA member associations for them to pass on to those of their clubs which contributed to the success of UEFA EURO 2012 and national team football in general, particularly in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. In total, 575 clubs will benefit - a substantial increase when compared to the distribution after UEFA EURO 2008, for which 180 clubs received payments.
With UEFA making €100m available, €40m has been reserved for clubs that released players for qualifying matches, with the remaining €60m to be distributed to clubs which released players for the final tournament. Clubs receive an equal share per player released for each qualifying match, and a fixed amount per player per day for the final tournament, weighted with the FIFA categorisation of clubs for training compensation
The top six clubs participating in the benefits of UEFA EURO 2012 are:
FC Bayern München €3,095,393
Real Madrid CF €2,996,585
FC Barcelona €2,210,202
Manchester City FC €2,069,465
Liverpool FC €1,972,376
In order to be eligible for a share of the benefits from UEFA EURO 2012 clubs were asked to fill in, sign and return a club application form to UEFA, in which they agreed in particular to support national team competitions and to comply with the FIFA regulations on the release of players.
Commenting on the participation of clubs to the benefits of UEFA EURO 2012, UEFA President Michel Platini said: "I am delighted that we are able to provide clubs with financial benefits from UEFA EURO 2012 to reward their contribution to the competition. We witnessed a truly fantastic UEFA European Football Championship final round this summer, and I am pleased that the clubs can now also be associated with the success of the event."
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the ECA, said: "The European Club Association is pleased that the contribution of clubs to the success of UEFA EURO 2012 has been recognised and justly rewarded by UEFA. This shows the excellent relationship that exists within the football family in Europe, as we work hand in hand to shape the future of our game."
For UEFA EURO 2016, the target total amount to be distributed is set at €150m.
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