Korean Footballers Promised Record Cash Prize for World Cup Success

      June 01, 2022 11:17

      Korea's national footballers have been promised a W7.8-billion prize if they advance to the quarterfinals in the World Cup in Qatar (US$1=W1,240). It will be the highest prize Korea has ever offered in the World Cup.

      The Korea Football Association made the decision in a board meeting on Tuesday. Each of the 23 players on the final roster of the World Cup squad will get W200 million automatically, but any further rewards will depend on individual contribution and the exact amount has not been set.

      Son Heung-min (backward) waves to fans during a training session in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Monday ahead of a friendly against Brazil on Thursday. /Yonhap

      Overall, each player will receive W30 million in extra pay for a win at the group stage and W10 million for a tie. Another W30 million will be given to each player if Korea finishes the group stage in the top 2 and advances to the round of 16 and W200 million if it continues to advance to the quarterfinals.

      Supposing that Korea wins all three games in the group stage and succeeds in advancing up to the quarterfinals, the rewards given to the players will amount to W7.82 billion, a record for the quadrennial event.

      Additional prize money could await the team for advancing to the semifinals and beyond, and head coach Paulo Bento and his staff will also be rewarded. 

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