When Germany won its first major title in women's football at the 1989 European Championship, the players received a gift - a discounted coffee set.

The second-choice product from a local manufacturer, featuring a tacky design of red and blue blooming flowers, may have been a poor choice for a prize but, then again, the German football federation once banned organized women's football from 1955 to 1970.

The women's game has come long way since its pioneer days. If the German team wins the upcoming tournament on home soil, each player will receive a bonus of ?60,000 ($85,410).