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Reinhard Grindel favorite to win DFB presidential election on April 15

BERLIN -- The German football federation (DFB) will elect a new president on April 15 with its treasurer Reinhard Grindel all but certain to take the position.

The DFB says its board members agreed unanimously on Friday to hold an extraordinary meeting at which 259 delegates, including members of national, regional and league associations as well as honorary members, will vote for Wolfgang Niersbach's replacement.

Niersbach stepped down on Nov. 9 amid claims of corruption concerning the awarding...

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.

The DFB says it...

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...