While Iceland's remarkable quarter-final run at EURO 2016 was widely publicised as the tournament's feel good story, it has been revealed that their stars pocketed a cool $16.7 million (€11.5 million), a whopping 460 times more than their female counterparts who reached the same stage three years ago.
By
Patrick Nugent

15 Jul 2016 - 11:16 AM  UPDATED 15 Jul 2016 - 2:16 PM

Iceland's EURO 2016 legacy lives on as France borrow Viking clap
France celebrated their 2-0 EURO 2016 semi-final victory over 2014 FIFA World Cup champions Germany with a round of the famous Iceland Viking clap.
Iceland's party continues as 10,000 fans welcome their heroes home
While Iceland's fairytale EURO 2016 campaign came to an end at the hands of France on Monday morning (AEST), 10,000 Icelandic fans have paid tribute to their side with an epic Viking war chant.

As reported by the Iceland Monitor, in another example of prize money inequality for women in sport, Iceland's female side, who have reached the 2013 UEFA Women's Championship quarter-finals, only received a meager $36,300 (€25,000).

Meanwhile, Iceland's male football side, who became famous at EURO 2016 for their Viking chant, charismatic commentator and after dispatching England from the competition, were given a reported $11.6 million (€8 million) just for showing up.

 

It got even better for coach Lars Lagerback's men during their dream run at the Euros, with the players paid bonuses of $1.45 million (€1 million) and $722,500 (€500,000) for a group stage win or draw respectively, and a colossal $2.18 million (€1.5 million) for their win over England.

Talk about a nice payday!

But their women's side, in contrast, receive no bonuses or appearance fees and only secure any funds should they progress to the round of 16 stage at their European championships.

With Iceland on track to qualify for the women's EURO 2017 event, to be held in the Netherlands, it remains to be seem whether their prize money will increase, but one can only hope.