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How much money will Germany players get if they win the 2022 World Cup?

Four-time world champions Germany will have an extra incentive to seek success in Qatar with the promise of lucrative bonuses.

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25 September 2022, Leipzig: The German national soccer team trains at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig before heading to London for the final match of the Nations League group stage against England.
Following negotiations between the German national team and the German Football Association (DFB), each player will receive 400,000 euros ($387,800) if they win a fifth World Cup title for their country in Qatar. Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa (Photo by Jan Woitas/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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Germany may not feature among the favourites to win this year’s World Cup - the latest bookmakers’ odds has them at 10/1, but Hansi Flick’s side have good reason to set their sights on lifting the trophy.

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Qatar 2022 represents an opportunity for Die Mannschaft to win their fifth title and equal the record, held by Brazil. But a lot has changed since Germany were last crowned world champions in 2014. They didn’t even make it past the group stage in the last edition, Russia 2018, and they will have their work cut out if they are to emerge from one of the toughest groups which includes Spain, Japan and the last team to book their ticket to Qatar, Costa Rica.

Disappointing results in 2022

Apart from a 5-2 Nations League victory over Italy back in June, Germany’s results this year haven’t given them much to shout about. They followed up a 2-0 win over Israel with a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in March’s friendlies. In the Nations League, they were held to draws by Italy, England and Hungary and Friday’s 0-1 defeat to Hungary in Leipzig effectively wrecked any chances of making the finals.

Nevertheless, the German Football Association (DFB) have given the team an extra incentive to make their World Cup campaign a successful one with a series of performance-related bonuses. Each player will receive a bonus payment of 50,000 euros if Germany manage to qualify from Group E and make it into the Round of 16. The bonuses are on top of the fixed match fee every player will receive for taking part.

Booking a place in the quarter finals will earn Flick’s team 100,000 euros per player and the bonus will rise to 400,000 euros ($390,000) if they lift the World Cup in Lusail on 18 December. Reaching the semi-finals would guarantee 150,000 euros each, while a third-place finish would see playing take home 200,000 euros each. If they go all the way to the final but lose, they will receive 250,000 euros each for ending as runners-up.

Bigger bonuses than at Russia 2018

The DFB’s bonus scheme is more generous than what was offered during the last tournament - each player would have received 350,000 euros if Germany had been crowned champions at Russia 2018 - an increase on the 300,000 euros they pocketed for beating Argentina in the 2014 final in Rio.

Germany’s World Cup bonuses seem generous but fall behind those being offered by Brazil, Argentina, England and France for their teams to prevail in Qatar.

Flick’s team open their World Cup campaign against Japan in Doha on 23 November, then meet Spain four days later with the final group game against Costa Rica on 1 December.

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