Football: World Cup bonuses cause stir from Spain to Cameroon

Football: World Cup bonuses cause stir from Spain to Cameroon
View of the Arena da Baixada stadium during a FIFA inspection in Curitiba, Brazil.

CHESTERMAN - From Cameroon's players refusing to board their plane for Brazil to Spain's massive offer, World Cup bonuses have already caused a stir before a ball has been kicked in anger.

As ever it was an African country, this time Cameroon, who kicked up the first fuss over bonuses.

In 2006 it was Togo while last time out in South Africa it was again Cameroon whose players threatened to go on strike.

This time Samuel Eto'o and his team-mates initially refused to board their plane for Brazil on Sunday unhappy at the amount offered them by the government.

An offer of 76,000 euros ($128,000) per man was rejected before the players eventually accepted that amount plus six per cent of the revenue generated by their federation at the World Cup.

Even if they are eliminated in the group stages they stand to earn a minimum of $21,000 extra each.

Quibbling over such sums is a far cry from the extravagant offer dangled out in front of Spain's reigning world and European champions.

They stand to earn a staggering 720,000 euros each should they lift the trophy for the second time in succession, but less impressive performances would result in drastically reduced earnings.

Their bonuses, like those for Germany, only kick in at the quarter-final stage, where Spanish players would receive 60,000 euros compared to 50,000 euros for the Germans.

Thereafter, however, the Spanish bonuses start to accelerate away, with Germany's players 'only' set to earn 300,000 euros a man if they win.

Brazil payday

Hosts Brazil are also in line for a bumper payday, with squad members reported to earn around 1 million reais ($448,000) if they go all the way.

Those may seem astronomical sums but they must be taken into consideration alongside the fact that FIFA will give $35 million to the winning federation, $25 million to the runners up with the two losing semi-finalists gaining $22m and $20m depending on whether they win or lose the third-placed play-off.

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