GENEVA (AP) — Bayern Munich has collected the biggest single share of €3.1 million ($4 million) from UEFA's €100 million ($128 million) fund to compensate clubs for releasing players to the 2012 European Championship.
UEFA pleased clubs this year by almost doubling their previously agreed cut of Euro 2012 income, with a 575 teams receiving payments from UEFA for sending players to the tournament in Poland and Ukraine or releasing them for qualifying matches for the tournament.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern's chief executive and European Club Association chairman, said Tuesday he hopes his recent improved relations with FIFA President Sepp Blatter can help clubs worldwide also get an increase on their promised $70 million slice of 2014 World Cup revenue.
"We have very good and fair relations to UEFA and I hope that it will be possible with FIFA as well," Rummenigge told The Associated Press in an interview.
Rummenigge said he and Blatter — who have traded public barbs — shared an "intensive and interesting discussion" at FIFA headquarters in Zurich last week.
"After that meeting I am quite optimistic to find a solution," said the former West Germany great, who has led calls for FIFA to share more of its billion-dollar annual income and decision-making power with clubs who are obliged to send their players to international tournaments.
"Sepp Blatter told me that he recognizes the clubs as the roots of football," Rummenigge said. "You know the roots always need water, and the water has to come from FIFA."
Bayern topped the table of Euro 2012 payments after it sent 12 players, including eight members of Germany's squad that reached the semifinals.