Euro cash boost for Championship quartet

Four Championship clubs, including recently relegated Birmingham City and Reading, are set to benefit from money distributed by the European Club Association (ECA) following Euro 2008.

Birmingham (Sebastien Larsson), Reading (Marek Matějovský), Sheffield United and Southampton (Rudi Skacel & Marek Saganowski) all had players involved in the tournament and are therefore eligible for a share of the revenue raised during the three week Championships, which took place in Austria and Switzerland in June.

Other teams from outside their nation’s top flight to benefit include Celta Vigo of Spain, French club RC Lens, and Germany’s Kaiserslautern.

It will, however, be Bundesliga side Werder Bremen that take home the biggest share, having had the heaviest involvement in the tournament in terms of player man hours, earning them €1.09 million, with Lyon second (€1.03 million) and Bayern Munich third (€1.02 million).

Speaking about the payment scheme, UEFA’s Michel Platini said "It is a testament to the new harmony in European football, and the willingness of associations and clubs to cooperate for the good of the game, that we are able to deliver to the clubs a tangible benefit for their contribution to Euro 2008."