Bayern Munich goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER, who assumed first choice duties for Deutschland just prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final tournament in South Africa two summers ago, has appeared with the Startelf between the sticks for Germany in all nine qualification matches contested thus far for the 2012 UEFA European Championships to be hosted jointly by Poland and the Ukraine this upcoming summer.
So, exactly how much money does a professional football player pocket when away from his club on national team duty?
Well, that depends – of course!
Cash bonuses to players for national team duty are determined by the different national football federations in each individual country. The nature of the competition involved is a major factor which affects the amount of monetary reward. Matches scheduled for a final tournament, such as the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championships, are always more lucrative than qualification games, quite understandably.
In the case of GERMANY, it has been revealed that each player in the squad named by trainer JOACHIM LOEW receives 18,000 Euros per qualification match with respect to the upcoming 2012 UEFA European Championships. Remember, actual appearance in the qualification match is of no concern to the player’s financial reward. In other words, the third-string goalkeeper for Germany up in the bleachers tomorrow against Belgium takes home the same pay as the first choice standing between the sticks on the field or the back-up shot-stopper seated on the bench.
Goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Bayern Munich has been in the national team squad for all ten Euro 2012 qualifiers and will net the maximum of 180,000 Euros for his efforts. Back-up TIM WIESE of Werder Bremen, who has not and is not expected to make a single appearance for Germany in the qualification run, will receive 162,000 Euros in exchange for his time. Bayer Leverkusen regular RENE ADLER, who has been out injured as of late, will earn 108,000 Euros while youthful Hannover 96 first choice RON-ROBERT ZIELER will take home 54,000 Euros from the Deutscher Fussball Bund.