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German football federation opens legal case against Franz Beckenbauer

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Franz Beckenbauer is under investigation for his actions in securing the 2006 World Cup.

BERLIN -- The German football federation opened legal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer, former members, and FIFA in a bid to limit potential damages arising from the 2006 World Cup corruption affair.

The DFB told The Associated Press in a statement on Friday that it has "taken the necessary measures to prevent a possible limitation of claims" that it can make against former head of the German World Cup organizing committee Beckenbauer and his then vice-president Fedor Radmann, former DFB presidents...

Report on 2006 World Cup bribery probe due March 4

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

BERLIN -- The German football federation (DFB) says the findings of an internal investigation into bribery allegations concerning the awarding of the 2006 World Cup will be published on March 4.

The DFB says in a statement that law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which it tasked with a "comprehensive investigation of all allegations" will present its report to its 45-member committee and then at a press conference the same day. The findings will also be made available online.

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Ex-DFB president Theo Zwanziger's Qatar libel case date set for Feb. 2

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Theo Zwanziger was sued for libel by Qatar and its FA in June 2015.

The civil case between the Qatari Football Association and former German FA (DFB) president Theo Zwanziger will be held before the Dusseldorf regional court on Feb. 2 after the Gulf State and its FA sued the ex-FIFA Executive Committee member for libel.

Zwanziger, 70, has been critical of the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the Gulf state, and has repeatedly said that Qatar was "a cancer on world football."

The Gulf state has described Zwanziger's words as "unacceptable" and sued him for libel...

Jerome Boateng injury leads Bayern CEO Rummenigge to hit out at DFB

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng's injury impact on his team's season.

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned the German FA (DFB) not to interfere with Jerome Boateng's comeback plans.

Boateng sustained a severe groin injury in last Friday's Bundesliga match at Hamburg and, while Bayern have said that he is "facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines," multiple reports say he could miss up to four months.

Germany coach Joachim Low, who has to announce his 2016 European Championship squad by May 31, on Monday told Boateng that he'll "keep the door"...