Germany to dole out World Cup bonus
Germany's players will each receive a €350,000 (US$410,000) bonus if the team defends its World Cup title next year in Russia.
The German football federation said it has agreed to a performance-related bonus system for the team, as it did for the successful 2014 World Cup campaign and the last two European Championships.
Bonuses will only be paid on reaching the quarter-finals, when each player would receive €75,000 (US$90,000). That will increase to €125,000 (US$150,000) for reaching the semi-finals, €150,000 (US$175,000) for third place and €200,000 (US$235,000) for reaching the final.
Only Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) have won back-to-back World Cup titles.