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A Stain on the Soul of German Soccer

The match-rigging affair exposed at the beginning of 2005 is the worst scandal to hit German soccer for 30 years. As the World Cup approaches, DW-WORLD documents the story which could seriously embarrass the hosts.

It was the scandal that dulled the shine on Germany’s successful campaign to host the 2006 World Cup.

Shamed Bundesliga referee Robert Hoyzer and his alleged cohorts were revealed in 2005 as the instigators and practioners of Germany’s biggest sporting embarrassment; a scandal involving crooked match officials, greedy and corrupt players and a network of gangsters which stretched from Germany to Turkey and beyond.

The affair told the story of games thrown for money, a widespread illegal betting cartel and the threats and intimidation that went with instigating a match-rigging operation which threatened to undermine the very structure of soccer in Germany.

DW-WORLD documents the story of Germany's worst sporting scandal in 30 years in this special dossier.

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