Football: Holders Germany set victory bonus for a fifth World Cup title at €350,000 per man

Germany coach Joachim Low and team manager Oliver Bierhoff arrive ahead of the draw on Dec 1, 2017.
Germany coach Joachim Low and team manager Oliver Bierhoff arrive ahead of the draw on Dec 1, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - German players will receive €350,000 (S$556,310) each if they successfully defend their World Cup title in Russia next year, the country's football association (DFB) said on Wednesday.

When Germany won their fourth title at the Brazil World Cup in 2014, players received a bonus of €300,000 each.

The team under coach Joachim Low will receive no payout for group-stage victories or for reaching the round of 16, but a spot in the quarter-finals will earn each of them €75,000 and a semi-final place €125,000.

A losing final will still earn them a bonus worth €200,000 each.

"This gives early and necessary calm and clarity before the tournament so that we can concentrate on the sporting tasks," said Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff in a statement.

"It is a good sign when players are backing this (bonus) performance-based principle."

A title win in Russia would make Germany only the third nation after Italy (1934-38) and Brazil (1958-62) to succeed in a world title defence.

Germany, who also won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990, have been drawn in Group F for the tournament next year, along with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. A title win in Moscow on July 15 for Die Mannschaft will match Brazil's record five championships.