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Greece Players Request to Forgo Bonuses, Ask PM for New Training Centre Instead

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Greece celebrate after defeating the Ivory Coast 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between Greece and the Ivory Coast at Castelao on June 24, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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BR-UK StaffAnalyst IIIJune 29, 2014

Greece may have advanced out of the World Cup group stage for the first time in their history, but their players aren't worried about being rewarded for their achievement. What they want is an investment in the team's future.

According to Greek website, the team wrote to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, asking to forgo their bonuses in favour of a new training centre. The letter, signed by all 23 players, reportedly reads:

We do not want extra bonus, or money. We only play for Greece and its people. All we want is for you to support our effort to find a land and create a sports center that will house our National team.

It's a selfless request that comes on a very big day. Greece face Costa Rica, themselves one of the tournament's biggest surprises, in their first knockout round match ever Sunday night at 21:00 BST.

[, h/t 101 Great Goals]

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