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USA coach Klinsmann's World Cup bonuses bigger than Ghana's entire budget

Published on: 19 March 2014
Jurgen Klinsmann will earn $10.5m if USA reaches the final of the World Cup

USA's budget of $10.5m for their coach's bonuses at the World Cup is bigger than Ghana's entire World Cup budget, rubbishing claims by a section of the Ghanaian media that America has budgeted $2m for the tournament in Brazil in June.

A section of the Ghanaian media claimed that USA will spend just $2m for the tournament in Brazil, sparking anger in certain quarters in Ghana over the $9m budgeted for the Black Stars for their entire participation in the competition.

However a report in one of America's leading newspapers, the Washington Post, has exposed the report in Ghana as false by revealing that even the bonuses to be earned by Juergen Klinsmann will be bigger than Ghana's entire budget for the tournament.

According to the report, Klinsmann will earn between $500,000 and $10.5 million in bonuses based on how deep the U.S. national team advances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The scale was included in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s audited financial statements for April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

If the bonuses of the players, officials and other supporting staff are added to it as well as expenses on their more than 40 scouts spread over Europe as well as the January camp in Sao Paolo their budget could rocket to about $30m which is far bigger than what the Ghanaian media reported.

Klinsmann’s base salary is $2.5 million — the largest in USSF coaching history.

The statement did not include a breakdown of Klinsmann’s potential bonuses for the World Cup performance, but presumably he would receive the minimum amount for earning points in the group stage and the maximum figure for winning the championship.

It is unclear how much he received for guiding the national team to a World Cup berth.


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 19, 2014 08:52 am
    All this for a first round exit.
  • keith from germany says:
    March 19, 2014 09:10 am
    @kuukuphilly the americans dont gave a damn about money. They spend it big time.just look at the salary scalp of their american football,baseball,basketball and ice hockey players. Thats insane. Recently a baseball player in america signed 5 years contract for 200 million dollars. They spend it big time so this 10 million dollars klinsman will be pocketing should in case they advance wont cause them any financial harm.
  • ListenToMe says:
    March 19, 2014 09:54 am
    Are we really gonna sit down and compare our finances with the world's biggest economy? In which of the pervious world cups did our budget match the Americans? Why don't you try matching Portugal, then Germany, before you try the USA. Heck!!! A lot of universities in the USA have budgets bigger than Ghana's 5-year budget. BTW, these are sponsorship monies not US government money; congress doesn't know anything about the monies spent by USSF... period!!! Let's go there and play like the poor people we've always been, at least for the last two WCs and we can still kick their asses!!!!
  • John says:
    March 19, 2014 10:11 am
    Whoever believe whatever the Ghanaian press were spreading around is ignorant and naive,USA with its image which has sunk so low will be prepared to spend 50 times to win the World Cup if they can.There is no basis for comparison so far as I know let us do it according to our own strength.
  • sam va says:
    March 19, 2014 11:06 am
    I don't see the sense in comparing ghana and the U.S financially.we must live above our means and the must also understand that they are not only playing for the nation but themselves as well.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 19, 2014 01:49 pm
    The article was written by a man lacking understanding... Klinsmann's 10 million dollar Bonus will kick in if the USA wins the world cup... Keep in mind winning the world cup gets a federation 35 million dollars. Ghana's Bonus structure will change if we win the world cup. Right now the budget that has been announced does not assume we will win the world cup but if we do you better believe it will change. What you have been announcing is assuming the USA wins the world cup.... If Ghana win the world cup when you add the 10 million budgeted amount to the 35 million that will be 45 million dollars the federation will have to distribute... If done honestly, then Ghana can pay the exact same bonus every single federation will pay its winners.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 19, 2014 01:52 pm
    What I will say is it is clear we can't afford to pay Kwesi Appiah 2.5 million dollars a year and a 11 million dollar bonus for winning the world cup but we can pay the players the winning bonus the USA will pay... What this should do is STOP all the talk about returning Milo, who is useless.... If you don't have the money to match the salary of the USA coach you definitely should not be bringing in a foreigner.. One would have to be very stupid to be doing that. Any money you will be using to pay Milo should be added to Appiah's bonus which is woefully inadequate considering he is a better coach than Klinsmann.
  • selfmade says:
    March 19, 2014 03:26 pm
    All these are COMMUNIST INFERIOR TACTICS MOVES and smart Ghanaians should treat it with the contempt it deserves!!! We are more smart than this!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 19, 2014 03:32 pm
    We couldn't do nothing about the monies that were blow out by our mafiaso,corrupt gfa members in our first WC because we were naive with respect to the WC! We stood by for the same fa to lined up their dirty pockets with the WC monies in south Africa because we were gaining experience!! Now this is our third appearance at the WC and we are watching keenly like eagles and I wouldn't be surprised if some of our fa members end up in nsawam after Brazil!! THIRD FOOL IS A BIG FOOL!! After the south Africa wc, a few Ghanaians raised RED FLAGS about the monies but the fa were let off the hook but in Brazil, we ll shake ourselves and we are watching!!
  • Edem - Toronto says:
    March 19, 2014 05:22 pm
    All this noise about the budget. The GFA admins should only be allowed to attend the WC if they brought in a sponsor themselves. HA The American government had to bail out the financial banks due to a struggling economy. ha There is no correlation to WC budget and success at the event. Why don't they try to get more money out of the Oil companies taking our resources for pennies on the dollar.
  • OGYA says:
    March 19, 2014 08:37 pm
    It is refreshing to here common sense comments from people like you. Its pure nonesense when you see Ghanaians and GSN for that matter spending time writing of such issues. Its like comparing the family budgets of a Suburban American family to that of an inner city one. Lets be real, money cannot trump National pride.