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.