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World Cup bonus bonanza

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 02:23

Player bonuses at the 2014 World Cup are expected to hit an all-time high as prize money rises to $358m this year. But as Ivor Bennett reports, some are struggling to budget for success.

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Bonuses at the World Cup have never been higher Belgium's win over the USA guaranteeing a spot in the quarter finals along with 14 million dollars. That could rise to 35 million should they win the whole thing, The tournament's total prize money is over ten times that. Luke de Rougemont is director at Hedgehog Risk Solutions. SOUNDBITE (English) LUKE DE ROUGEMONT, DIRECTOR, HEDGEHOG RISK SOLUTIONS, SAYING: "It's quite staggering some of the figures. I mean we've managed one association's risk whereby they're looking to pay the coach in excess of 10 million in the event that they win." The money comes from FIFA - but how it's distributed is up to individual countries. Germany have said their players will receive 300,000 euros each should they win the trophy But for the unfancied teams, success can be difficult to budget. SOUNDBITE (English) LUKE DE ROUGEMONT, DIRECTOR, HEDGEHOG RISK SOLUTIONS, SAYING: "Whereas Brazil and Argentina obviously they're expected to get to the final and potentially win. You have the smaller nations who by even reaching the last 16, have gone beyond expectations. Their associations have committed huge bonuses for their players in the event that they will reach this far in the tournament and not necessarily that the bonuses available from FIFA actually cover that bonus liability that they have offered to their players." The players know it too. Nigeria boycotted training ahead of their second-round match, fearing they wouldn't get paid after the tournament. Similar concerns saw Cameroon arrive in Brazil a day late, after refusing to board their plane until payment was guaranteed. And a row in the Ghanaian camp ended with over 3 million dollars in cash being sent to their base - first by plane, then by armoured car. For FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, this was the final straw. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA SECRETARY GENERAL, JEROME VALCKE, SAYING: "We will make sure for the future tournaments that we are qualifying that they provide the agreements between the associations and the players, to make sure that this does not happen again." For some, though, it wasn't all about the money. Despite being some of the least well paid players in Europe, Greece refused their bonus for reaching the last-16. Requesting instead the money go towards a new training centre for the national team.

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World Cup bonus bonanza

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 02:23