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Euro final 16: Georgia oligarch to award nationwide soccer staff $10m

Georgia’s highly effective oligarch, Bidzina Ivanishvili will award the nation’s nationwide soccer staff $10 million after they made it to the final 16 of Euro 2024, his ruling social gathering stated Thursday.

Georgia’s 2-0 win over Portugal on Wednesday was a historic triumph within the Black Sea nation’s first look at a significant worldwide event.

Coached by Frenchman Willy Sagnol, the staff certified from Group F as one of many 4 greatest third-placed finishers and face a frightening conflict with Spain, who gained all their group video games, on Sunday.

The ruling Georgian Dream social gathering’s “honorary chairman Bidzina Ivanishvili will award Georgia’s football team 30 million lari ($10.7 million) for qualifying for the last 16 of Euro 2024,” the social gathering stated in an announcement.

“An additional 30 million lari will be awarded in case of a win over Spain,” it added.

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Ivanishvili, the nation’s richest man who made his fortune in Russia within the Nineties, is extensively thought to be a puppet grasp pulling the strings of energy from behind the scenes, regardless of not holding an official authorities place.

Last yr, he was named Georgian Dream’s “honorary chairman,” a brand new position that formalises his proper to pick the ruling social gathering’s nominee for prime minister.

His return to frontline politics in 2023 raised fears he’s steering Tbilisi away from the nationwide dream of becoming a member of the EU.

AFP

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