It’s the “third base” of World Cup; it ain’t exactly “going all the way,” but it sure gives you something to tell your friends about.
But in terms of cold, hard FIFA cash, getting into the quarterfinals is where it’s at.
Sixteen teams here receive $8 million for showing up and playing in the first round. So let’s just pick a team at random. Say, uh …
But here’s the kick in the head. For making the second round, teams receive only an additional $1 million. So the eight second-round losers will get $9 million for their stay in
But the quarterfinalist really begin raking it in. Teams finishing 5-8 receive $14 million. (Those would be the quarterfinal losers.) From there, fourth place receives $18 million, third place gets $20 million, runner-up receives $24 million.
The king lion here at SA 2010 takes home a cool $30 million. And like they say where I’m from about such a sum: pretty soon, you’re talking about real money.