Bayern Munich biggest earner of FIFA cash for releasing World Cup players

NYON, Switzerland -- Bayern Munich earned the biggest share of the 59 million euros ($70 million) FIFA handed out to clubs as compensation for releasing players to the World Cup, taking home $1,734,367.

The European Club Association says Real Madrid earned $1,297,800, Chelsea's share was $1,253,233, and Barcelona got $1,191,167.

According to the ECA, five more clubs banked at least $1 million from FIFA: Manchester United, Napoli, Arsenal, Juventus and Manchester City.

FIFA paid $2,800 for each day players were on official national team duty before and during the World Cup. The sum was shared between clubs each player was registered with in the previous two years.

The ECA says 396 clubs from 57 countries got FIFA payments.

The smallest checks of $6,300 went to Al Nasr, Athletic Bilbao and Ipswich.