The German Football Association has reached an agreement to pay its players the sum of €350,000 if they successfully defend their World Cup title in Russia next year.
The reigning world champions lifted their fourth world title in Brazil in 2014, and are among favourites for the 2018 edition having gone through the qualifiers undefeated.
Coach Joachim Loew and his squad will look to become the first country to win back-to-back World Cup titles since Brazil in 1962.
Speaking on Wednesday, DFB president Reinhard Grindel said: “It’s a big motivation for our players to become back-to-back World Cup winners for the first time in the history of German football.
“This would be an eternal title and is worthy of a special bonus. But we can sense that the challenge from a sporting point of view is the focal point for the team and not financial interest.”
Meanwhile, there will be no prize money from their FA until they reach at least the quarterfinals, where each player would get €75,000.
The team will get €125,000 if they reach the semifinals, €150,000 for third place and €200,000 if they lose at the final.
The champions will kick off their title defence against Mexico in Group F opener before taking on Sweden and South Korea.
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