Germany's bonuses for World Cup for just their 23 players and technical bench will surpass Ghana's entire budget for the tournament in Brazil in June, the European country has revealed.
The Germany squad will earn bonuses of up to 300,000 Euros each at the 2014 World Cup should they win next summer’s tournament.
This means that with the technical bench of at least seven officials Germany will pay more than $12.5m in bonuses while Ghana has budgeted $9.8 for its entire operations including preparation for the tournament.
This also means that their budget for bonuses will exceed Ghana's total budget for the competition by $3m even if the Black Stars win the trophy.
Ghana released its budget for the team for $9.8 on Monday but it is clear the Black Stars will not be competing on equal terms with its group opponents in terms of the cash to be spent on the team.
However, Joachim Loew’s players will start receiving bonuses once they have made it past the second round, the German Football Association (DFB) has announced.
And should Germany win their fourth World Cup, each squad member will receive a bonus of 300,000 euros, while they will pick up half of that sum if they finish as runners-up.
A bonus of 100,000 euros each is certain for a semifinal appearance and reaching the quarterfinals would be rewarded with 50,000 euros.
The same bonus system was used during Euro 2012, where Germany got knocked out against their ‘bogey’ team Italy in the semifinals.
“Those were the most straightforward talks and the swift agreement is evidence of the mutual trust between association and team,” DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said in a statement of the talks he held with general secretary Helmut Sandrock and Germany captain Philipp Lahm.
Niersbach added: “With this success-based system, the players clearly agree with the achievement principle.”
This shows that Germany's budget for the competition will be big eventually as other huge costs associated with the team's preparation and participation in the World Cup has not been released.