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Honigstein: WC scandal fallout continues


Germany's World Cup scandal could have a major impact on Bundesliga

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein weighs in on allegations that Germany bribed FIFA officials to host the 2006 World Cup.
Corruption allegations have claimed another scalp in world football, German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach resigns.
Politician Ozcan Mutlu has said Beckenbauer 'buried his head in the sand' by not talking about the German football scandal.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has defended fellow countryman Franz Beckenbauer amidst the 2006 World Cup allegations.

For German football, it has been a veritable nightmare of an international break. One friendly, against France in Paris, was overshadowed by the horrors of the terrorist attacks at the Stade de France and the city centre. The next one, against the Netherlands, was called off due to "concrete evidence of a threat", as local police in Hannover put it.

Business as usual will hopefully resume when the Bundesliga returns this weekend but, for the German FA, the coming weeks will continue to prove testing....

 By Mark Rodden

Anthony Martial's playmaking leads France over Germany

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac helped France to a comfortable 2-0 win over Germany.

PARIS -- Three thoughts from France's 2-0 victory over Germany in an international friendly.

1. Martial magic makes up for missing men

Not surprisingly, all the talk in the build-up to this game was dominated by the absences of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

That meant Les Bleus were without two players who have been a fixture of the side in recent years, and thus a new-look trio was formed.

Olivier Giroud, who had scored seven goals in eight matches...

Leroy Sane shines for Schalke with Germany star wanted by Liverpool

The ESPN FC panel discuss Barcelona and Bayern Munich's front men, if Leroy Sane is the real deal, and more.

As Leroy Sane prepares for his debut for Germany against France in Paris on Friday, it is interesting to note the reigning World Cup winners owe the very existence of his extraordinary talent to the French army.

Souleyman Sane, Leroy's father, is a son of Senegalese diplomats. He arrived in France at the age of four, chose to play football against the will of his father and played at amateur level before his life profoundly changed in 1982. Sane was called up for military service and according to...

 By Uli Hesse

Germany U17 team seeking World Cup glory to make up for disappointing year

Germany's U17 squad are in World Cup action in Chile, hoping for a place in the last eight.

On Thursday, Germany's much-touted U17 team will not only attempt to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Chile, they will also try to salvage a year that held great promise for the German game but has so far been rather disappointing.

The U17 World Cup is the fifth major tournament at junior level this year. For the first time ever, Germany was represented at every single one -- and were usually among the favourites to win. But as of yet, none of the teams managed to claim a title.

In May,...

Franz Beckenbauer admits 'mistake,' says no 2006 World Cup vote buying

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein weighs in on allegations that Germany bribed FIFA officials to host the 2006 World Cup.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Franz Beckenbauer says it was his mistake to make a payment to FIFA in return for a financial grant to Germany's 2006 World Cup organising committee.

In a brief statement published by German media late on Monday, Beckenbauer gave little details about the case that has shaken German football.

Beckenbauer, president of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, reiterated his denial from last week that there was vote buying before Germany won the bid to stage the World Cup.


DFB 2006 World Cup bid 'slush fund' allegations dividing German football

Renowned German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Friday that ahead of the vote for the host country of the 2006 World Cup in 2000, a slush fund of 10.3 million Swiss francs (about $6m at that time) -- with a financial injection from former Adidas CEO Robert Louis-Dreyfus -- was set up to buy the votes of Asian representatives on FIFA's executive committee.

The money was later claimed back by Louis-Dreyfus, who died in 2009, and was -- according to Der Spiegel -- returned to the former Adidas CEO...