Whilst there is clearly little comparison between Irish and German footballing skills at senior international level, there is also little comparison between their bonus payments.
Der Deutscher Fußball-Bund publicized this week that the Germans, who have only ever lost two World Cup qualifiers (from more than 70 outings), will receive €20,000 for every game they play, provided that the campaign culminates with qualification for the World Cup in 12 month’s time.
So, even if the Boys in Green can somehow manage a win against Die Mannschaft on Friday night, each German player will still walk away €20,000 richer from the game, unless their qualifying campaign falls apart spectacularly.
Even if a German player takes part in five qualifiers, he will make more than any Irish player did during the entire Euro 2012 campaign.
The Irish received a €2,500 match fee for each appearance in qualifying and €3,000 per game if they entered the fray during the finals, with unused substitutes earning €2,000 per match and other squad members €1,000.
The bonus for qualification put the above figures in the shade but splitting an estimated pot of €1million between more than 30 players meant that no Irish player would have cleared €50,000 from the European campaign which ended over the summer.
Back in 2002, Mick McCarthy’s Irish squad banked a total of €3million for their World Cup campaign between the qualifiers and the tournament itself in Japan and South Korea.