It is not just a place in the quarter-finals of a European tournament that is at stake when FC Copenhagen meets PSV Eindhoven on Thursday in the round of 16 of the Conference League.
There is also a prize money of approximately 7.4 million kroner and is waiting if they can defeat the Dutch team.
To put the amount in perspective, it was roughly the price FCK was ready to give for AaB’s Rasmus Thelander in a true deadline thriller in the January window.
But even though there is a financial incentive to beat PSV, the Danish capital club has already secured a good slat of money in the Conference League.
So far, they have earned 8,586,505 euros, equivalent to well over 64 million kroner. FCK’s five victories in the group stage alone have yielded 18.6 million kroner.
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Can overtake Brøndby
After Brøndby won the Superliga last season, they had to beat Red Bull Salzburg for a place in the Champions League group stage. However, they lost both showdowns, but went straight into the group stage of the Europa League.
Although their European adventure ended in the group stage, they received prize money of 9,184,915 euros, equivalent to approximately 68.3 million kroner.
But if FCK can beat PSV on Thursday and thus advance to the quarter-finals, they will overtake Brøndby in European prize money this season, as they can collect a total of 71.3 million kroner.
Even though the Conference League is the ‘worst’ of the European leagues, it is still possible to secure a good financial gain.
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Should FCK go all the way and win the Conference League, they can put an additional 52 million kroner into the account. Just over DKK 15 million to reach the semi-finals, DKK 22 million to reach the final and DKK 15 million to win it.
In total, they can then end a European season with 116 million kroner. But one step at a time.
The first showdown between the two clubs ended 4-4 when the Lions visited Phillips Stadium.
Despite FCK being without strikers, they were still able to score four goals. Two by reserve striker, Pep Biel, one by Isak Johanneson and one by Lukas Lerager.
If FCK fight their way to the quarter-finals, they can finally use their newly acquired striker, Khouma Babacar.
The match starts at 18.45 on Thursday, and you can follow it live on ekstrabladet.dk