German FA to offer players £290k World Cup cash bonus

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Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski could earn £290,000 each in cash bonus if Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, reports the Daily Star.

The Gunners trio have been incentivised ahead of next summer's finals, with an initial £42,000 payout to every member of Joachim Low's squad if they reach the quarter-finals.

Germany's players will receive £84,000 if they make it to the semi-finals and £145,000 if they progress to the final, with that jackpot doubled if they go one step further and win the tournament.

"The national team wants sporting success in Brazil," said DFB general secretary Helmut Sandrock. "And if they're successful there, it should also be rewarded accordingly."

Ozil and Mertesacker are currently enjoying a rich vein of club form, having played integral roles in Arsenal's climb to the top of the Premier League table this season, while Podolski has missed a large proportion of the 2013/14 campaign at the Emirates Stadium through injury.

However, all three players will be hoping to head to the World Cup after helping Arsene Wenger end the north London club's eight-year trophy drought, which will mark the best possible preparation for success in South America.

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