Trip to space, Oranje's World Cup victory bonus
If The Netherlands manages to secure the world championship in this FIFA World Cup, then their bonus may be a free trip into space. Dutch space travel company SXC has asked Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal to offer this to his players.
"An unearthly performance deserves an unearthly reward", co-founder of SXC, Michiel Mol, said in a clarification. He says the company got the idea after Robin van Persie's spectacular header in the match against Spain. Headlines about 'the flying Dutchman' gave them the inspiration.
"We are going to try to literally lift them to a higher level", Mol said. "103 kilometers." The company is hoping to offer commercial flights into space from next year. If this is achieved, then Oranje could get their space voyage in 2016.
In that year, the Euro Cup will be held in France. On top of being the most important professional footballers in the country, they can then also call themselves astronauts.
It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Mol does not believe anyone, including the Dutch footballers, will say no to. "Of course it is on a voluntary basis and the participants get an intensive training program to contend with, but it's not scary."
The final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 13th of July.