Germany may not be among favorites to win this year’s World Cup – the bookmakers’ latest odds put them at 10/1, but Hansi Flick’s side have good reason to aim to lift the trophy.
Qatar 2022 represents an opportunity for Die Mannschaft earn their fifth title and equal the record held by Brazil. But a lot has changed since Germany were last crowned world champions in 2014. They didn’t even make it past the group stage at the last edition, Russia 2018, and they will have their work cut out for them. the board if they want to get out of one of the toughest groups which includes Spain, Japan and the last team to book their ticket to Qatar, Costa Rica.
Disappointing results in 2022
apart from one 5-2 Nations League win over Italy in June, Germany’s results this year gave them nothing to brag about. They followed up with a 2-0 win over Israel with a 1-1 draw against Netherlands in the friendlies in March. In the Nations Leaguethey were held in the draws by Italy, England and Hungary and Friday’s 0-1 loss to Hungary in Leipzig effectively wiped out any chances of making the final.
Nevertheless, the German Football Association (DFB) gave the team further incentive to make their World Cup campaign a success with a series of performance bonuses. Each player will receive a bonus of 50,000 euros if Germany manage to qualify from Group E and qualify for the Round of 16. Bonuses are in addition to the fixed match fee each player will receive for participating.
Book a place in the quarter-finals will win the flick team 100,000 euros per player and the bonus will change to €400,000 ($390,000) if they lift the world cup in Lusail on December 18. Reaching the semi-finals would guarantee 150,000 euros eachwhile a third-place finish would see home play 200,000 euros each. If they go to the final but lose, they will receive €250,000 each to finish second.
Bigger bonuses than at Russia 2018
The DFB bonus system is more generous than what was on offer at the last tournament – each player would have received 350,000 euros if Germany had been crowned champions at Russia 2018 – an increase on the €300,000 they pocketed for beating Argentina in the 2014 final in Rio.
Germany’s bonuses for the World Cup seem generous but lag behind those offered by Brazil, Argentina, England and France for their teams to win in Qatar.
The Flick team opens its world cup campaign versus Japan in Doha on 23 November, then meet Spain four days later with the last group game against Costa Rica on December 1.