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Germany stand to pocket €8.05 million (A$12.4 million) for defending their FIFA World Cup title in Russia next year, with each player in line to receive a €350,000 (A$540,000) bonus.
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14 Dec 2017 - 1:55 PM  UPDATED 14 Dec 2017 - 1:55 PM

The German football federation says it has agreed to a performance-related bonus system for the team, as it did for their successful 2014 World Cup campaign and the last two European Championships.

Bonuses will only be paid upon reaching the quarter-finals, when each player would receive €75,000 (A$116,000). That will increase to €125,000 (A$193,000) for reaching the semi-finals, €150,000 (A$232,000) for third place and €200,000 (A$309,000) for reaching the final.

Low 'not nervous' despite Germany's favourites tag
Germany coach Joachim Low does not feel any pressure approaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup as defending champions and favourites.

Only Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) have won back-to-back World Cup titles.

Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in the group stage of next year's tournament and will fancy their chances after a victorious FIFA Confederations Cup campaign earlier this year.

Despite his side's superior status, head coach Joachim Low remains wary of the challenge ahead.

"Mexico play at an incredibly high level," Low told DFB.de. "We know them from the Confederations Cup where we beat them (4-1 in the semi-final).

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"Technically and tactically, they are a very good team, a tough opponent to open against. We definitely won't be taking things lightly against them. They have always done very well in recent years.

"Our biggest enemy will be if we go into the games against Sweden or South Korea thinking we only need to put in 80 or 90 per cent.

"These teams will fight with all they have to reach the last 16. I know lots of Korean players, Heung-Min Son from Tottenham Hotspur of course, there are also lots in the Bundesliga."