Qatar 2022 has been one of the most evenly matched World Cups in recent times. There have many surprises and despite the equality on the pitch, that does not translate into wages.
Greater investment helps to attract theoretically better coaches, but it does not ensure success. This tournament provides yet another example of this.
According to AS, on the list of 32 coaches, the highest paid coach has already been eliminated and the lowest paid coach managed to guide his team to the last 16.
Hansi Flick’s Germany saved Spain, but Spain could not save the four-time champions from another group stage exit. The coach, making his debut at a major tournament, could not prevent Germany’s second successive group stage exit after the same thing happened in Russia in 2018.
Germany lost 2-1 to Japan in the opening round, drew 1-1 with Spain and beat Costa Rica 4-2, but Japan’s victory over La Roja saw the Germans knocked out. With Germany’s departure comes the departure of the tournament’s highest paid coach. Flick earns a reported €6.5m a year to coach Germany.
At the other end of the list and in the round of 16 is Aliou Cissé’s Senegal. The African coach, who arrived in Qatar with his country as reigning African champions, secured their place in the knockout stages in a group with Qatar, the Netherlands and Ecuador. Cissé earns €45,000 a year with Senegal.
Rigobert Song, head coach of Cameroon, who is next in line at the bottom of the list, earns double the Senegalese’s salary with €110,000.
Also in the top 10 are former Mexico head coach Gerardo Martino (€2.9m) and Qatar’s Spanish coach Félix Sánchez Bas, who earns €2.4m a year.
Spain boss Luis Enrique is right in the middle of the table in 16th place with €1.15m per year for managing La Roja, the same salary as Kasper Hjulmand, his counterpart in Denmark.
GSFN | Kieran Quaile