The Italian national team returned to Rome with the cup on Monday, a day after beating England on penalties and proclaiming themselves champion of the European Championship. The 26 players returned happy, in addition to making history, for the 250 thousand euros they will win as a prize for the successful campaign.
The agreement between the president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, whose body received the record amount of UEFA prizes for a European Championship, with 99.25 million euros, provided for a payment of 250 thousand euros for each player in the event of victory, while the second place would be awarded 200 thousand euros, revealed this Monday the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. The ‘Azzurra’ staff had also agreed to a payment of 80 thousand euros for the quarterfinals and 150 thousand for a possible semi-final.
These prizes were equal to those that the FIGC promised to its internationals at Euro 2012, when the players received 200 thousand euros for reaching the final, lost 0-4 to Spain. The 2006 world champions received 250,000 while the group that triumphed in the 1982 World Cup in Spain received 180 million Liras, about 90,000 euros.
According to the same sources, the English Federation was the one that promised the highest prizes, with 540 thousand euros for each player in the event of a final victory. On Sunday night at Wembley, Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw that lasted into overtime.