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This German Soccer Star Used His $400,000 World Cup Bonus to Pay for the Surgeries of 23 Brazilian Kids

This past Sunday Germany took soccer’s most coveted title: the World Cup championship trophy.

Along with the honor and legendary status of winning a World Cup for your country, the German players received bonuses for their triumph. Reportedly, the amount was 300,000 euro ($405,775.50 US).

German soccer superstar Mesut Özil decided to use his bonus to give back to the country that hosted him and his teammates for the tournament.

Ozil holds the trophy as the team passes Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (Photo: Markus Gilliar/Getty Images)

Before the tournament even started, Özil paid for the operations of 11 sick children in Brazil. After securing the title for Germany, he announced that he would adding another 12, bringing the total to 23.

Özil confirmed the reports on his official Facebook page, saying:

“Prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children [in Brazil].

“Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23.”

A number of players have used the World Cup as an opportunity to give back. Following a captivating 2-2 draw with Germany, Sulley Muntari of Ghana took a walking tour of the poor Brazilian city of Maceio, where the Ghanaian team was based.

Muntari shook hands, signed autographs, and handed out money to the city’s poor:

Also, the Algerian national team, following their exit from the tournament (they lost to Germany too), announced that they would be donating their World Cup earnings to the Palestinians in Gaza.

(h/t ESPN)

The Algerian Team Will Be Donating Their World Cup Earnings to the Poor in Gaza

The Algerian soccer team had their best showing ever at the World Cup before losing in extra time to global powerhouse Germany in the first knockout stage.

They made it out of group play for the first time in their country’s history and gave us an extremely exciting and competitive game with the Germans, who outranked Algeria (22) by twenty spots.

Algerian forward Islam Slimani takes on two German defenders

The team won the hearts of of their north African fans along with many others around the world with that gutsy performance, pushing Germany to the very end.

And now, you’re going to love them even more.

The Algerian team got a hero’s welcome upon their return home

Yesterday, Algeria’s star forward Islam Slimani announced that the team would be donating all of their World Cup earnings ($9 million) to the poor in the disputed Palestinian territory of Gaza.

Why? Slimani’s answer is simple: “They need it more than us.”

As of last year, the Gaza Strip was the 3rd poorest region in the Arab world, after only Yemen and Sudan. 38% of the country lives in poverty, with about 22% living in extreme poverty

Those living in extreme poverty lack the resources to obtain the basic necessities of food, clothing, housing, and health care.

Major props, Team Algeria. Read the original story from the Daily Mail here.

Saudis Offer Secret Oil Deal to Russia in Exchange for Dropping Syria

Recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin had a closed-door meeting with Prince Bandar, the head of Saudi intelligence. Leaked transcript’s reveal that Bandar offered Putin a Russia-OPEC alliance if Putin drops his backing of Syria.

OPEC (Organization of the Oil Exporting Countries) is an economic alliance between a number of the biggest oil producing countries in the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Saudi Arabia is by far the biggest player in OPEC, producing 8.8 million barrels per day, more than any other country in the world.

OPEC Members (from wikipedia). Click to enlarge.
OPEC Members (from wikipedia). Click to enlarge.

If the oil deal between Russia and OPEC were to succeed, the two entities would control 45% of global oil production. Prince Bandar also told Putin that Saudi Arabia would ensure the safety of Russia’s Syrian ports after the fall of Assad.

But maybe the most interesting part of this story is that Bandar claimed the Chechen terrorist groups responsible for two recent suicide attacks in Volgograd are under Saudi control:

I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

Putin turned the offer down, however, saying,

Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters,”

referring to a video showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a fallen Syrian soldier. In response, Prince Bandar warned Putin that there would be, “no escape from the military option” if the alliance was refused.

Read the full story here.