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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia to Reward Winning

Apparently the Russian government is willing to put its money where its mouth is, when it comes to supporting the nation's soccer team.

According to Russian national team spokesman Viktor Gusev, the government has allocated $700,000 for the players if they win all their qualifying matches for the Euro 2000 this year.

The money will come from a special government fund set up to bolster the team's incentives by Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Sysuyev, who was the main backer for Russia's newly appointed coach Anatoly Byshovets.

"Right after Russia's intra-squad game Tuesday, Byshovets had a private meeting with [Economics Minister] Yakov Urinson where they discussed the financial situation," Gusev said Thursday.

Each player will receive a $10,000 bonus for every win. Russia plays Ukraine on Sept. 5 in Kiev, World Cup champion France on Oct. 10 in Moscow and Iceland on Oct. 14 in Reykjavik.

The $700,000 bonus will be paid to the players in addition to incentives already promised by soccer officials if the team qualifies for the Euro 2000 finals.

Vyacheslav Koloskov, president of the Russian Soccer Union, has said on several occasions that the team will receive a $1 million bonus for making the finals in the year 2000.

"Well, it remains to be seen if the players will be eager to cash in on such [a] generous offer," Gusev said.