Arsenal will earn a tidy little sum from UEFA this summer if Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy feature for Spain and France respectively at Euro 2012.
The Gunners, will similarly receive payments for the attendance of nine other stars including Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robin van Persie, Per Mertesacker, Wojciech Szczesny, Laurent Koscielny, Andrei Arshavin, Tomas Rosicky and Nicklas Bendtner.
A €100 million pot of cash, ratified at the XXXVI Ordinary UEFA Congress held in Istanbul last March, is set to be shared by domestic clubs as a thanks for their role in making the tournament a success.
The specific amount earned in reparations appears to depend on a number of factors. While a player’s participation in the tournament and their country’s progression determines an overriding figure, where that cash goes is contingent on who has held player registration over the course of the qualification period for the tournament proper.
On paper it means that the likes of van Persie, Walcott, Rosicky, Koscielny and Szczesny could earn the most for Arsenal should they play every game for their country and win the tournament. It’s possible that Nicklas Bendtner and Andrei Arshavin fall into the same category although I’ve yet to figure out if their loan moves this season complicate matters.
The departed Nasri, Clichy and Fabregas would earn Arsenal cash having been registered at the Emirates for the 2010/11 season (although that figure would be shared with Manchester City and Barcelona who signed them for 2011/12). Participation by Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mertesacker would see the Gunners share further cash with Southampton and Werder Bremen from whom the duo were signed last summer.
Speculating on how much cash could end up in Arsene’s coffers seems nigh on impossible at the moment, not just because we’ve no idea how far certain countries will go, but because UEFA hate Wenger and could well withhold it all in lieu of future fines.
It also throws up the rather sick possibility of mindlessly cheering Nasri because we could have an extra tenner to give to Chamakh…
Feel free to use any mathematic qualifications you may hold to work stuff out in the comments section below. Marks will be awarded for showing your ‘working out’…as teachers used to say.