Germans could earn record amount
FRANKFURT, Germany -- If Germany wins the World Cup at home next year, each player will receive a $390,000 bonus.
The deal was announced Thursday by the German soccer federation, which negotiated the bonus with the national team.
"I think a good performance has to be rewarded," said national team manager Oliver Bierhoff, who took part in the talks, as did captain Michael Ballack.
The bonus will more than triple the one German players would have received for winning the 2002 World Cup. Germany finished runner-up, with each player receiving nearly $99,000 at current rates.
Reaching the final next year will be worth $195,000 and a semifinal place half that. Players will receive $65,000 each for making the quarterfinals. There will be no bonus if the three-time World Cup champion fails to advance to the quarters.