NEWS Friday 13, April 2018 ww.businessdayonline.com facebook.com/businessdayonline @businessDayNG C002D5556 BUSINESS DAY 5 BRAZIL TOP MOST VALUABLE TEAMS AT 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP FIFA eyes $1.85bn from TV rights The world most watched sports event the FIFA World Cup takes place this summer in Russia in June-July 2018. Widely known as the biggest tournament in world football it also not only the most watched but with the biggest prize money at stake. 2014 World Cup in Brazil had larger viewing numbers than even the Olympics and we can expect similar results this time around. We take a look at all the TV channels broadcasting the FIFA World Cup matches in different parts of the world. FIFA has promised very extensive coverage details for this year’s world cup with greater emphasis on terrestrial TV with free coverage. FIFA sold the broadcasting rights international at a very healthy price and this will be the biggest international football TV rights deal of any competition where FIFA is set to generate around $1.85bn for the cycle of 2018 to 2022. Majority of the money comes from World Cup rights. Brazil is sending the most valuable team to this year’s FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. According to German transfer market portal Transfermarkt estimates that the 25 players on the team have a combined market worth of €673 million. Germany and France share the second spot with €636.5 million followed by Spain with €603.5 and Argentina completes the top five with €528.5 players market value. The difference between the top three teams is that most of the Brazilian players don’t play in their home league (88 percent), while only 41.7 percent of the German national players are employed abroad and 58.3 percent of the French players score their income in foreign leagues. Belgium (€503.8), England (€339), Croatia (€294.8), Portugal (€279.1) and Poland (€220.3) complete the top ten. England one of the World Cup teams with most players playing at home. Only 4.3 percent play on foreign pitches. Panama parades the cheapest national squad at a low value of €5.25 million. KAREMBEU SAYS NIGERIA HAS TEAM TO CAUSE STIR IN RUSSIA FIFA World Cup winner Christian Karembeu has tipped the Super Eagles of Nigeria to be one of the standout teams at the 21st FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Russia this summer. The Les Bleus legend, a member of France’s 1998 World Cup –winning squad, made this assertion at a world press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday to welcome the original World Cup trophy to Nigeria. He is the FIFA Representative accompanying sport world’s most recognizable diadem on the fourth Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour. “Yes, we know there are a number of strong African countries in the game but Nigeria has always been a great footballing nation, and they have an exciting team heading to the FIFA World Cup in Russia. I have played alongside and against so many Nigerian players and I can attest to their strength and ambition. I believe the present Super Eagles squad is capable of great things,” said.
6 BUSINESS DAY Friday 13, April 2018 ww.businessdayonline.com facebook.com/businessdayonline @businessDayNG C002D5556 NEWS RUSSIAN POLICE SETS TOURIST UNITS AT HOST CITIES Russian tourist police has assured fans of maximum security at the FIFA 2018 World Cup. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev confirmed that the government has ordered tourist police units be set up in host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the Ministry’s Spokesperson Irina Volk said. “Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev has ordered some of the ministry’s agencies to form special tourist police units,” she said. “According to the minister’s decision, tourist police units will be established in St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi and included in the regional patrol guard before May 5,” Volk added. The ministry’s spokesperson added that special police detachments consisting of officers who are capable of communicating in foreign languages would be created in other World Cup host cities to ensure a roundthe-clock response to any incident. “In the near future, the Interior Ministry’s regional agencies will approve relevant regulations and introduce the necessary changes in the documents. The aforementioned units are going to include officers who are skilled in foreign languages. If necessary, staff will undergo additional courses,” Volk added. The newly formed tourist police’s priorities will be patrolling public places where foreign football fans will gather during the FIFA World Cup, assisting them in various matters and accepting their requests should any infractions take place. As for Moscow, tourist police have been operating in the Russian capital since 2014. The Moscow tourist police officers, who are fluent in English, French, Spanish and Chinese, predominantly ensure public security in pedestrian areas popular with foreign tourists. Total prize money for FIFA World Cup from 1982 to 2014 This statistic shows the total prize money at the FIFA World Cup finals between 1982 and 2014. In the latest World Cup held in Brazil in 2014, the total prize pot stood at 476 million U.S. dollars. The winner of the tournament will earn $35 million and the runner-up earned $25 million RUSSIA PREPARES SUPERCOMPUTER TO IMPROVE WEATHER FORECASTS Russia is setting up a supercomputer to improve weather forecasts ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup finals. With the World Bank’s support, the world’s largest country has been working to improve its weather forecasting capabilities and use standards closer to those of leading forecasting centres. The need for timely and accurate weather information will be essential for the month-long tournament taking place across 11 cities in Russia. The competition’s venues spread through Kaliningrad in the west to Ekaterinburg, 2,500 km (1,553 miles) away in the east, and Sochi on the Black Sea. Roman Vilfand, the head of state weather forecaster Hydrometcentre, told reporters that the country’s new supercomputer was expected to become operational in March. The tournament takes place from June 14 to July 15. “Of course, we are preparing for this event (the World Cup),” he said “We are currently discussing the regulations for the data to be supplied to the organising committee.” Vilfand, who did not disclose the cost of the World Bank-funded supercomputer, added discussions were taking place about when to release match-day forecasts and how much detail they should contain. “I hope we will launch the first (weather forecasting) models with high resolution and then be able to describe weather in great detail,” he said. Vilfand stressed that additional forecasts will be needed for the 32 teams’ training bases and for flight and road conditions between host cities. Russian authorities expect three million to five million fans to travel in Russia during the World Cup.