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Oct 21, 2015

Soccer-Bayern missing perfection, luck in season’s first defeat

Oct 21 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich bosses leapt to the defence of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after the German champions suffered their first loss of the season, 2-0 at Arsenal on Tuesday, after luck and their usual lethal touch in front of goal deserted them.

The German World Cup winner gifted Arsenal the opening goal in a rare moment of uncertainty, when he came out to meet a Santi Cazorla free kick but flapped at the ball and substitute Olivier Giroud bundled it home for the first goal Bayern have conceded in the competition.

Oct 17, 2015

World Cup slush fund claims cast shadow over Niersbach

BERLIN (Reuters) – German football association (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach was considered a potential dark horse for one of world soccer’s top administrative posts but allegations of a slush fund to help the country win hosting rights for the 2006 World Cup have cast a shadow over his credentials.

A purportedly scandal-free background, long links with the DFB, the world’s largest national football association, and limited involvement in global authority FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA singled him out in some quarters as an ideal candidate for one of soccer’s leading roles.

Oct 17, 2015

Soccer-World Cup slush fund claims cast shadow over Niersbach

BERLIN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – German football association (DFB) President Wolfgang Niersbach was considered a potential dark horse for one of world soccer’s top administrative posts but allegations of a slush fund to help the country win hosting rights for the 2006 World Cup have cast a shadow over his credentials.

A purportedly scandal-free background, long links with the DFB, the world’s largest national football association, and limited involvement in global authority FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA singled him out in some quarters as an ideal candidate for one of soccer’s leading roles.

Oct 16, 2015

Soccer-Slush fund allegedly used to buy votes for Germany’s 2006 World Cup-report

BERLIN, Oct 16 (Reuters) – German football was thrown into turmoil on Friday when magazine Der Spiegel said the country’s football officials had used a slush fund to win votes and land the 2006 World Cup.

The magazine said the late CEO of sports maker Adidas , Robert Louis-Dreyfus, had loaned the 2006 World Cup bid committee around 6.5 million euros ($7.4 million) to help land the necessary support in a July 2000 vote.

Oct 16, 2015

German FA investigates payment to FIFA before 2006 World Cup

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Football Association (DFB) said on Friday it was investigating a 6.7-million-euro ($7.61-million) payment from the country’s 2006 World Cup organising committee to FIFA that may not have been used as intended.

The German association said it had found no indication of wrongdoing in the overall process that awarded that year’s global soccer tournament to Germany.

Oct 16, 2015

Soccer-German FA investigates payment to FIFA before 2006 World Cup

BERLIN, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Germany’s Football Association (DFB) said on Friday it was investigating a 6.7-million-euro ($7.61-million) payment from the country’s 2006 World Cup organising committee to FIFA that may not have been used as intended.

The German association said it had found no indication of wrongdoing in the overall process that awarded that year’s global soccer tournament to Germany.

Oct 16, 2015

German FA says investigating payment to FIFA

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German Football Association (DFB) said on Friday it was investigating a 6.7-million-euro ($7.61-million) payment from the 2006 World Cup organising committee to FIFA that may not have been used as intended.

But the DFB said it had found no indication of wrongdoing in the process of winning the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

Oct 16, 2015

Soccer-German FA says investigating payment to FIFA

BERLIN, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The German Football Association (DFB) said on Friday it was investigating a 6.7-million-euro ($7.61-million) payment from the 2006 World Cup organising committee to FIFA that may not have been used as intended.

But the DFB said it had found no indication of wrongdoing in the process of winning the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

Oct 15, 2015

Dortmund’s Tuchel craves victory on Mainz return

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Coach Thomas Tuchel returns to former club Mainz 05 for the first time since their acrimonious split more than a year ago with Borussia Dortmund desperate for a win on Friday that would help them hang on to the coattails of leaders Bayern Munich.

Tuchel coached Mainz for five years, steering the Bundesliga minnows to two Europa League campaigns while also setting a club record for a best start of seven consecutive victories at the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

Oct 15, 2015

Soccer-Dortmund’s Tuchel craves victory on Mainz return

Oct 15 (Reuters) – Coach Thomas Tuchel returns to former club Mainz 05 for the first time since their acrimonious split more than a year ago with Borussia Dortmund desperate for a win on Friday that would help them hang on to the coattails of leaders Bayern Munich.

Tuchel coached Mainz for five years, steering the Bundesliga minnows to two Europa League campaigns while also setting a club record for a best start of seven consecutive victories at the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

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