ZAGREB, 19 December – Croatia finished 3rd at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, collecting a massive $27 million in prize money.
It was not just the Croatian Football Federation who benefited from Croatia’s impressive run in Qatar.
Under an agreement with FIFA, every club which supplied players for the tournament received a proportional share of $209 million under the the FIFA Club Benefits programme.
Dinamo Zagreb, who had five players at the World Cup in Qatar – Dominik Livaković, Josip Šutalo, Mislav Oršić, Bruno Petković and Sadegh Moharrami, who was part of the Iran squad, earned the most of all HNL clubs.
Clubs received 10,000 dollars for each player for one day spent at the World Cup, meaning Dinamo Zagreb received $50,000 each day a player was in Qatar.
With Croatia’s stay in Qatar until the end of the tournament, and an extra $330.000 they received for players who had been at the club in the last two years – Lovro Majer, Joško Gvardiol and Kristijan Jakić – Dinamo Zagreb earned just over $2 million during the World Cup.
Hajduk Split $370,000, Istria less
Hajduk Split will receive 370,000 dollars for the performance of Marko Livaja, and it would have been more if Lovre Kalinić had not been injured just before the tournament.
Osijek will receive the same amount for Ivica Ivušić, and Istria will earn $157,000 because Josip Šutalo and Welsh representative Dylan Levitt played in Pula.