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World Cup 2018 Prize Money: Complete Purse and Earnings Info for FIFA Tournament

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 13, 2018

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew shows the world cup trophy during a public training session of the German national football team in Duesseldorf, Germany on September 1, 2014. Germany's squad prepares for the upcoming friendly game against Argentina on September 3, 2014 in Duesseldorf. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, kicking off Thursday, will be one of the biggest events of the year and demands a prize purse to match its status as the pick of the summer sports calendar.

The Associated Press (h/t Sports Illustrated) confirmed in October that FIFA increased the competition's overall prize fund to $400 million (£297 million), with a $38 million (£28 million) slice of that going to the victor.

All 32 teams will receive the same $8 million (£6 million) appearance fee that was awarded in 2014—despite the overall prize purse growing by 12 per cent. Teams ejected in the round of 16 earn $12 million (£9 million), while a quarter-final exit yields a $16 million (£11.9 million) parachute.

The runners-up in Russia will net a handsome $28 million (£20.8 million) payday, while those finishing third and fourth get $24 million (£17.8 million) and $22 million (£16 million), respectively.

OddsShark provided an overview of odds leading up to the World Cup, with Germany and Brazil sharing favourite status while World Cup debutants Iceland are among the also-rans:

OddsShark @OddsShark

World Cup odds (@BovadaLV): Germany/Brazil +450 Spain +600 France +700 Argentina +900 Belgium +1100 England +1600 Portugal +2500 Uruguay/Croatia/Russia +3300 Colombia +4000 Poland/Mexico +6600 Mexico +8000 Denmark +8000 Switzerland/Sweden +10000 Senegal/Serbia/Iceland +15000

The promise of a financial payoff is sure to provide some smaller teams with motivation just to progress in the competition, and we discuss some of those hopefuls in further detail ahead.

          

2018 World Cup Groups

  • Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
  • Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
  • Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
  • Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea Republic
  • Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
  • Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

           

Preview

Russia find themselves in a precarious position ahead of their home World Cup, under pressure to at least make it out of the group stage on their own soil, and yet the odds seem stacked against them.

It's inevitable that any host will fall under an increased scrutiny to do well given the opportunity they've been handed, but all three Group A opponents—Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia—sit ahead of Russia in the world rankings:

FIFA World Cup 🏆 @FIFAWorldCup

GROUP A, by #FIFARanking 1⃣7⃣ Uruguay 🇺🇾 4⃣6⃣ Egypt 🇪🇬 6⃣6⃣ Russia 🇷🇺 7⃣0⃣ Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 https://t.co/UUHy7pVhn1

The Russians are lacking in individual star talent and have only won two World Cup group games in three appearances at the finals, the most recent of which came 16 years ago.

However, statistician Simon Gleave has spoken positively regarding Russia's chances of finishing in Group A's top two, as long as Mohamed Salah doesn't pioneer Egypt to a first appearance in the round of 16:

Simon Gleave @SimonGleave

@MichaelCox3792 @ArsenalDMC @GracenoteLive But home advantage brings them much closer to each other. While we would expect Russia to finish behind Uruguay in Group A, they are theoretically better than the other two.

Pot 1 entry Poland and South American giants Colombia are the natural favourites in Group H, but Senegal bring a host of star players to the stage, while Japan, although lacking in household names, are always a well-regimented side. There are no overwhelming underdogs in this pool, either:

OddsShark @OddsShark

Odds to win Group H: Colombia +120 Poland +175 Senegal +500 Japan +700 Odds via @BovadaLV | #WorldCup

Both Poland and Colombia would be disappointed if they were to finish second in the group, and yet Senegal or Japan could easily see either of them fail to advance at all if they improve their recent form.

The same could be said for Tunisia in Group G as they look to upset the rhythms of Belgium and England, the latter of whom they're actually adjacent to in the world rankings, per reporter Laure James:

Laure James, FIFA @FIFAWorldCupENG

The latest official FIFA rankings are out! Here’s Group G... Is this how the post-group match standings will look? Belgium 🇧🇪 (3) England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (13) Tunisia 🇹🇳 (14) Panama 🇵🇦 (55) #WorldCup

England have never failed to progress past the group stage in successive World Cups, but after falling at the first hurdle in Brazil four years ago, they will need to be wary of Tunisia and minnows Panama.

Panama shook the CONCACAF ranks when they beat the United States to a World Cup spot last year, and England need to rise to the occasion to avoid the same fate Costa Rica and Uruguay subjected them to in 2014.