Nike are set to pay the FA a £1m bonus if England win the World Cup – heaping pressure on football’s governing body to reward Lionesses in wake of pre-tournament row
The FA will earn a million-pound bonus from kit supplier Nike if England’s Lionesses make history by winning the World Cup, which would increase the pressure on them to make a more generous offer to the players.
Their agreement with Nike is understood to contain provision for significant bonus payments based on tournament performances and increased shirt sales, which will be worth around £1m if Sarina Wiegman’s side beat Spain in Sunday’s final in Sydney.
The 12-year deal with Nike which began in 2016 was the first in which the sportswear manufacturer committed to supplying a bespoke women’s kit for the Lionesses, as previously they had been forced to play in men’s kit.
The FA have already committed to passing a percentage of their commercial bonuses on to the players, but have yet to reach a firm agreement.
Wiegman’s squad failed to agree a bonus schedule with the FA before the tournament and released a damning statement just days before their opening game against Haiti in which they said the issue would be revisited after the competition.
FA will earn a million-pound bonus from kit supplier Nike if the Lionesses win the World Cup
That would put big pressure on the governing body to make a more generous offer to stars
FIFA have increased the prize money on offer significantly for this World Cup, with each player in the winning team set to receive £206,000, but England’s players are also pushing for greater performance-related bonuses from the FA.
The PFA are also involved in the negotiations on behalf of the players. The FA declined to comment on any bonuses they are due from Nike or other sponsors on the grounds that all their contracts are confidential.
Harry Kane will be asked to take regular German lessons once he has settled at Bayern Munich as part of the club’s attempts to help the England captain fully integrate into Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
The club employ a German teacher as a full-time member of staff who provides language lessons at their Sabener Strasse training ground for all new signings who require them.
Kane has yet to start lessons, but has already endeared himself to Bavarians by referring to the club by their German monicker ‘FC Bayern’ rather than their global brand Bayern Munich at his unveiling last week.
Harry Kane will be asked to take regular German lessons once he has settled at Bayern Munich
Saudi Arabia have not given up hope of winning the right to host the 2030 World Cup as their Football Federation demonstrated this week by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Oceania Football Confederation.
Although the MOU does not contain a formal agreement that Oceania members will support a Saudi bid, the OFC are a significant bloc within the FIFA electorate as they possess 11 votes, one more than the South American confederation, COMNEBOL.
A joint bid from Spain, Portugal and Morocco is viewed within FIFA as the favourite to win the 2030 bid, but Saudi’s proposed bid with Greece also has significant support.
Saudi’s back-up plan is to bid for the 2034 World Cup, but they would prefer to host the tournament four years earlier as it would coincide with the culmination of the Public Investment Fund’s Vision 2030, the government’s long-term plan to transform and diversify the country’s economy away from oil production.
While Saudi Arabia have not given up hope of winning the right to host the 2030 World Cup
Broadcasters TNT Sports and Sky Sports were left to absorb any additional costs arising from the two delayed kick-offs in the Premier League last weekend.
Both Arsenal v Nottingham Forest and Brentford v Tottenham kicked off late on the opening weekend of the season due to ticketing and water supply issues respectively at the Emirates and Gtech Community Stadiums, but despite the inconvenience there is no provision in the contracts for compensating broadcasters.
Sheffield United’s players have agreed a series of lucrative survival bonuses with the club that will be worth several hundred thousand pounds-per-player if they defy the bookmakers’ odds by staying up this season.
United’s bonus scheme is among the most generous in the country, with members of Paul Heckingbottom’s promotion-winning squad from last season due to split a prize pot of around £8million, which is more than many Premier League clubs pay for winning trophies and qualifying for the Champions League.
The promotion bonuses from last season are due to be paid along with the players’ salaries in September, as is standard practice at Bramall Lane. Contrary to previous reports in Mail Sport, there has been no delay to the agreed payment schedule.
Sheffield United’s players have agreed a series of lucrative survival bonuses with the club