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The Fifa World Cup, the world’s most popular sporting show, gets under way on Thursday in Moscow.

Host nation Russia play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament and, over the next 32 days, football fans will be treated to 64 high-octane matches played in 12 stadiums spread across 11 Russian cities.

The stakes are high with bragging rights, the trophy, national pride as well as personal ambitions in focus.

But the tournament is not just about prestige, honour and immortality on the pitch. It’s also about money.

According to world football governing body Fifa, the total prize money this year stands at Sh79.1 billion, of which Sh4 billion will be distributed to the 32 competing teams, depending on performance and placement.

COMPENSATION TO CLUBS

The rest of the amount will be handed out as part of preparations for the tournament, benefits to players’ parent clubs and compensation to clubs that ...
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