German soccer has been in crisis since media reports alleged that the country's association used a secret slush fund to buy votes for the right to host the 2006 World Cup. Today, president Wolfgang Niersbach announced his resignation.
German media have reported that the German Football Association (DFB) might end its long partnership with premium carmaker Mercedes and switch to rival Volkswagen as the car sponsor for the national team.
Theo Zwanziger has accused his successor as German FA president, Wolfgang Niersbach, of lying about a slush fund allegedly used for Germany's 2006 World Cup bid. FIFA confirmed it would launch an investigation.
Revelations that the World Cup 2006 organizing committee had a secret slush fund have rocked Germany, UEFA and FIFA - all for different reasons. DW's Jefferson Chase discusses the fall-out of a burgeoning scandal.
Mercedes' days as lead sponsor of the German Football Federation (DFB) are counted. The dieselgate tricksters of Volkswagen are taking over. That's more bad news for Mercedes' parent company Daimler, says Henrik Böhme.
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