Manchester United and Arsenal kick off their Europa League campaigns on Thursday as the Premier League superpowers look for European glory. The Red Devils secured their place in the league after finishing sixth in the league last season, while the Gunners finished one place ahead of them. And both teams could be set for a tidy payday if they can get their hands on the trophy in May.
What is the total prize money?
The total prize pool for the Europa League is £403.5 million. That is significantly less than the £1.75bn offered to the teams participating in the Champions League.
How much money can Manchester United and Arsenal make?
If United and Arsenal win all six matches in the group stage, they will each receive £4.2 million. If either club goes through and takes home the trophy, they will earn a further £13 million in performance-based prize money. Thus, the maximum prize money offered to both Premier League clubs is £17.2 million.
The impact of COVID-19
UEFA released a statement ahead of the latest Europa League campaign to explain that some prize money will be withheld from the competition to be used for COVID-19 aid programs in European football. UEFA said European clubs lost a total of £411 million as a result of COVID-19 between 2019 and 2021 and therefore decided to redistribute those funds over a period of four to five years.
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Arsenal, meanwhile, travels to Switzerland to face FC Zurich on Thursday evening, ahead of a week-long clash with PSV at the Emirates Stadium. Next month, Mikel Arteta’s squad will welcome Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt to north London, for a trip to the same squad the following week.
In The Gunners’ penultimate showdown, they travel to the Netherlands to face PSV for the second time, before Zurich travels to England for the final meeting in the group stage. United and Arsenal are both among the favorites to take home the trophy, with the final on Wednesday, May 31 at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
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