Soccer Corruption

Game with a Hidden Agenda

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Franz Beckenbauer.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The German Football Association, the DFB, needs to clear up the World Cup scandal and establish a new structure with processes that ensure greater transparency and accountablity.

  • Facts


    • Franz Beckenbauer is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of soccer, but he’s fallen into disrepute due to his involvement in corruption around Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid.
    • Former DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach resigned two weeks ago due to tax evasion and corruption allegations.
    • Reinhard Grindel, the German Football League’s treasurer, was considered the favorite to replace Mr. Niersbach, but the professional clubs opposed his move to fill the top job.
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