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Germany Players To Receive €350,000 Each If They Defend World Cup Title

Germany's players will earn bonuses of €350,000 ($412,807) if "they become the first team to defend the World Cup since Brazil did" in '62, according to Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN.com. As in previous tournaments, Germany players "will not receive any bonuses until they reach the quarterfinals," the German FA (DFB) announced. But should they defend the title they won in Brazil in '14, "each squad member will receive a bonus" of €350,000, up €50,000 ($58,972) from the last World Cup. Defeat in the final would see each player earn €200,000 ($235,890); a third-place finish would be rewarded with €150,000 ($176,917); a semifinal appearance with €125,000 ($147,431); and a quarterfinal defeat would bring €75,000 ($88,458) (ESPN.com, 12/13).