Germany footballers to get over $340,000 each if they win Euro 2016

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Berlin, April 1 (IANS) Members of Germany’s national football team, world champions in Brazil, will get 300,000 euros ($341,740) each if they manage to win the title of the next European Championship in France, according to sources from the German Football Federation, DFB.

Each of the players and their head coach Joachim Low will get 150,000 euros ($170,850) if they reach the final, while for the semi-finals they will receive 100,000 euros ($113,900) and only 50,000 euros ($56,920) for the quarter-finals, reports Efe.

Only if they do not pass the group stage or fall in round of 16 they will leave the Euro without any bonuses, the sources noted.

The German team has achieved so far three European championships — 1972, 1980 and 1996 and four World Cups — 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.

Fiji, Cuba to strengthen ties

Suva, April 1 (IANS) Cuba is willing to offer assistance to Fiji in areas of common interest and strengthen existing diplomatic ties, a Cuban envoy said here on Friday.

Mario Alzugaray, Cuba’s non-resident ambassador to Fiji, expressed the willingness to strengthen ties while meeting the country’s Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou in Suva, Xinhua cited Fiji’s Department of Information as saying.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for discussions on outstanding sporting agreements and ways Fiji and Cuba can develop relations in areas of youth development.

Fiji signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cuba in 2012 regarding the recruitment of volleyball and boxing coaches, but the MoU was stalled as both countries are yet to identify an English-speaking candidate.

“There are some other legal contractual obligations Fiji is still to meet so we can go ahead and bring the Cuban coach to Fiji and we are working hard to finalize that this year,” Tuitubou said.

Tuitubou and Alzugaray also discussed youth work in Cuba and possibilities of exchanging ideas in which Fiji can learn from Cuba’s good practices.

“Cuba has an extensive area and youth programme and we are willing to provide you with information you may require and pursue,” Alzugaray told Tuitubou.

With the Look North policy in effect, Fiji has been expanding and strengthening ties with non-traditional partners all over the world.

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