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Germany's Euro team could earn £240,000 if they go all the way

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 opponents Germany are on a massive bonus to win the tournament with each player earning €300,000 (£240,000) if they go all the way.

German Football Association official Oliver Bierhoff, who once scored a six-minute hat-trick against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, confirmed the figures following talks with the team council led by captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bierhoff said: "I am happy about the agreement. This will bring peace and clarity ahead of the tournament. For the team it is now exclusively about focusing on the sporting task at hand."

It was also announced that the German players will receive €50,000 for reaching the last eight, €100,000 for a spot in the semi-finals and €150,000 for making the final.

They play Northern Ireland in their final group game in Paris on June 21.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed in February that the IFA are hoping to make £10m from the finals, with £8m already accounted for.

The £8m will be divided three ways between bonuses for playing staff, legacy projects to aid the future of Northern Ireland football and to pay for the trip to France.

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