Unexpected both on and off the pitch, France's early elimination from the European Championship increases financial uncertainty in the French Football Federation (FFF), which was counting on its national team to fill the coffers and save a provisional budget with deficits.
The route of the 'Bleus' in the Eurocup has generated 12.75 million euros (15.1 million dollars) for the FFF, well below the potential 28.5 million euros (almost 34 million dollars) that the future champion will take, in case he wins all his matches.
It is true that this final sum depended on the volatility of the sport, but the endowment is still meager: 9.25 million euros for participating in the Eurocup, twice 500,000 euros for the two draws in the group stage, one million for the win over Germany and 1.5 million to qualify for the round of 16. An amount far removed from the 32.5 million euros (38.6 million dollars) accumulated by France during its triumphant march in the 2018 World Cup, a record sum for the FFF at that time.
France said goodbye to Euro 2021 at the hands of Switzerland, but it is still in the news in the ‘Old Continent’. The penalty that Kylian Mbappé failed, continues on everyone's lips, but now not because of a bad shot by the PSG attacker, but because of an alleged mistake by goalkeeper Yann Sommer that has caused fans to ask for the match to be repeated.