The German Football Association (DFB) has today announced that it will use the same bonus payments rates that were in place during the Euro 2012 tournament to reward its players during next year’s World Cup.

The decision was arrived at following a meeting between the association and the national team players, and team captain Philipp Lahm in particular. Germany reached the semi-finals of last year’s European championships before being bundled out by a Mario Balotelli-inspired Italy, and they will no doubt be looking to improve on that showing in next year’s tournament.

Should they manage to match this achievement in Brazil, then each member of coach Joachim Low’s 23-man squad will take home at least €100,000. Getting to the final would increase their bonuses to €150,000, which they could double if they win the tournament outright.

This additional incentive means that players selected to represent Germany at the World Cup stand the chance to pocket a whopping €300,000 if they win the continental showdown…although I’m pretty sure they will tell you the money won’t mean too much to them!

The bonuses only kick in when the team gets to the quarter-final stage however, where each player will be awarded €50,000.

The German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach said the talks were “uncomplicated”, which he attributed to the level of faith and trust that exists between the association and the players.

He also said that the team's desire to do well in Brazil could be seen through the performance-related stipulations that they have attached to their bonuses, as they have now set themselves targets which they desire to achieve.

“The players have again demonstrated with this heavily performance-related stipulation that they are keen to be rewarded for good performances and I am particularly grateful to Helmut Sandrock (secretary-general) and captain Philipp Lahm," the secretary-general explained.

“The national team wants to be successful in Brazil and if they are successful, then they will be rewarded accordingly."

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