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Scottish clubs in cash-boost as FIFA share £1.6m for releasing World Cup stars

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FIFA have shared £1.65million in payments to seven Scottish Premiership clubs for releasing players to participate in last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

New figures released by the world’s governing body showed that reigning SPFL champions Celtic were handed the largest sum due to number of days spent competing at the tournament by four first-team stars who all played for nations that reached the latter stages.

Glasgow rivals Rangers were next in line, with Hearts, Dundee United, Hibernian and St Johnstone also earning a cash-boost for representation at the tournament. Bottom of the list were St Mirren, despite midfielder Keanu Baccus reaching the last-16 stage with Australia.

13 players were involved in total, with FIFA paying out £10,000 for every day a player was away. However, that money was shared among every team they has played for since the 2020/21 season.

A total of £200m was dished out to 440 clubs across the globe with Premier League champions Manchester City top of the list with £3.5m, closely followed by Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and PSG.

Here, we take a look at how much each Scottish club gained…

  1. The 7 Scottish clubs who received a cash-boost from FIFA for releasing World Cup stars
    Photo: Rob Casey – SNS Group

Daizen Maeda (Japan; last 16), Josip Juranovic (Croatia; Semi-Finals), Cameron Carter-Vickers (USA; last 16) and Aaron Mooy (Australia; last 16)

  1. Celtic – £509k
    Daizen Maeda (Japan; last 16), Josip Juranovic (Croatia; Semi-Finals), Cameron Carter-Vickers (USA; last 16) and Aaron Mooy (Australia; last 16) Photo: Alan Harvey – SNS Group

Borna Barisic (Croatia; Semi-Finals)

  1. Rangers – £317,500
    Borna Barisic (Croatia; Semi-Finals)

Nathaniel Atkinson, Kye Rowles and Cammy Devlin (Australia; last 16)

  1. Hearts – £250k
    Nathaniel Atkinson, Kye Rowles and Cammy Devlin (Australia; last 16) Photo: Ross Parker – SNS Group

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Europa League leading scorers ahead of semi-final fixtures

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Marseille’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the leading scorer in this season’s UEFA Europa League ahead of the semi-final fixtures in May

Marseille’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the leading scorer in this season’s UEFA Europa League ahead of the semi-final fixtures in May.

The former Arsenal captain is ahead of Roma’s Romelu Lukaku and Brighton’s João Pedro on the goal chart.

The Gabonese has ten goals to his name so far.

UEFA Europa League top scorers ahead of semi-final fixtures:

10 goals – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Marseille)

7 goals – Romelu Lukaku (Roma)

6 goals – João Pedro (Brighton)

5 goals – Victor Boniface (Leverkusen), Michael Gregoritsch (Freiburg), Viktor Gyökeres (Sporting CP), Fotis Ioannidis (Panathinaikos), Juninho (Qarabağ), Mohammed Kudus (West Ham), Darwin Núñez (Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Gianluca Scamacca (Atalanta) and Patrik Schick (Leverkusen).

Meanwhile, Marseille will face Atalanta in the semi-final stage, while Bayer Leverkusen will tackle AS Roma.

 

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Liverpool defeat Atalanta 1-0 but crash out of Europa League on aggregate

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Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta with the Italian side reaching the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate on Thursday.

Liverpool were knocked out of the Europa League by Atalanta with the Italian side reaching the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate on Thursday.

Atalanta are in the last four of a European competition for the first time since 1988, despite Mohamed Salah’s early penalty giving Liverpool a 1-0 second leg win, thanks to their three-goal lead established in the quarter-final first leg at Anfield last week.

In what is becoming a sobering climax to the season, Liverpool have won just three of their last nine games in all competitions and again looked tired after already having played 52 games this campaign.

Jurgen Klopp may well only have the League Cup to show for his final season on Merseyside as the German’s team have been eliminated from the FA Cup and Europa League and trail Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Gian Piero Gasperini called Thursday’s match probably the most important Atalanta had ever played and his players were hailed as heroes at the final whistle by a pulsating crowd at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo.

Fireworks were shot into the air from behind the stands while in the ground supporters bounced and roared at a huge victory for their team against giants of European football.

Atalanta last reached the semi-finals of a European competition in 1988 when they were knocked out of the old Cup Winners’ Cup by Mechelen.

Atalanta were then a Serie B team but the future is increasingly bright for a historically small, provincial club which has been punching well above its weight ever since Gasperini took charge in 2016.

Reaching the last four even trumps their run to 2020 Champions League quarter-finals, where they were desperately unlucky to lose to Paris Saint-Germain.

That run came at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, as Bergamo became the epicentre of a deadly global health crisis.

And Atalanta still have the opportunity to crown Gasperini’s reign with the club’s first major trophy since the Italian Cup in 1963.

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Bayer Leverkusen qualify for Europa League semis after edging West Ham

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Newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen reached the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday and stretched their undefeated

Newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen reached the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday and stretched their undefeated run in all competitions this season to 44 matches.

The German side drew 1-1 at West Ham in the second leg of their quarter-final tie and went through 3-1 on aggregate.

Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead on 13 minutes before Jeremie Frimpong levelled in the 89th minute for Xabi Alonso’s side.

Bayer Leverkusen will face Roma for a place in the final.

“I think we felt it in the first half, for me, it was a typical English crowd. They were pushing West Ham unbelievably. We were lucky in the first half if we’re honest,” Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Granit Xhaka told TNT Sports.

“It was a different phase in the second half, we controlled the game. We are happy we got through.

“We competed much more. If you see over 180 minutes, the better team go through.”

Last weekend, Bayer Leverkusen won the Bundesliga for the first time, ending Bayern Munich’s 11-year grip on the title.

They remain in contention for a treble trophy haul this season as they also face second-division Kaiserslautern in the German Cup final on May 25.

 

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