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Beckenbauer rejects claims he was ‘paid millions’ as World Cup chair

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Berlin (AFP) Lawyers for football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Wednesday rejected claims he was paid millions as chairman of Germany's World Cup organising committee and sought to hide the sum from tax authorities.

News website Spiegel Online had reported that Beckenbauer drew a fee of more than five million euros ($5.

Beckenbauer rejects claims he was ‘paid millions’ as World Cup chair

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Berlin (AFP) Lawyers for football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Wednesday rejected claims he was paid millions as chairman of Germany's World Cup organising committee and sought to hide the sum from tax authorities.

News website Spiegel Online had reported that Beckenbauer drew a fee of more than five million euros ($5.

Franz Beckenbauer under investigation amid corruption allegations

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Geneva (AFP) Swiss federal prosecutors on Thursday announced that they had opened criminal proceedings against German legend Franz Beckenbauer amid corruption allegations in the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

Beckenbauer, 70, is under investigation with three other members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee Hans-Rudolf Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach said the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland in Bern.

Philadelphia Union

Union-Fire previews and other Union news, USA at SVG, more

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Union look to solidify their campaign to reach the playoffs. UNion Academy season begins on Saturday. US looks to advance to final round of World Cup qualifiers. More news.

Union bits, BSFC bobs, league stuff, national team news, more

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Cosmos want to keep Fernandes, no Bethlehem Steel in US Open Cup, more news

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Cosmos want to keep Leo Fernandes when loan expires. MLS-owned USL teams not allowed in future US Open Cup tournaments. Curtin's challenges in 2015. More news.

Army-Navy Cup at PPL tonight, NYCFC fire Kreis, more news

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Rescheduled Army-Navy Cup at PPL Park tonight. NYCFC fire head coach Jason Kreis. Police, tax inspectors raid German FA headquarters in tax investigation. More.

“Super excited”: Sugarman on Stewart hire, Union to unveil USL team name/crest today, more

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Sugarman says Stewart hiring start of "something really good." Union to unveil USL team name and crest today. More news.

Union partners with Dogfish Head, Academy at Winter Showcase, Conference finals, USA-Germany friendly, FIFA news, more

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Dogfish Head to open beer garden at PPL Park. Union academy at Winter Showcase. Conference Final second-leg games this weekend. FIFA judge backs release of full investigation report. More.

Curtin says Union targets could come on loan, pass on Dispersal Draft, Expansion Draft rules released, more

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Jim Curtin says team has "a clear agenda" of offseason targets. Union passes on Dispersal Draft. Expansion Draft rules released. More.

Zac looking forward to start, Prem considering games abroad, Captain Donovan, more

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MacMath looking forward to starting again. Could Premier League games be staged in the US? Donovan to captain US in final game. More.

USA advances to Round of 16, Union ready for Revs, more news

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USA advances to Round of 16 at the World Cup despite loss to Germany. Union readies for New England. Suarez banned by FIFA. More news.

Bayern Munich

Swiss allegations tarnish crown of ‘the Kaiser’

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Berlin (AFP) In football-mad Germany, Franz Beckenbauer is referred to as 'the Kaiser' the regal defender who steered his country to World Cup triumphs as both a player and a manager.

Beckenbauer, who turns 71 on September 11, still enjoys legendary status, but his reputation has been badly tarnished by his role in the on-going scandal over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup finals to Germany.

Manchester United best option for Spaniard, suggest club president

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Manchester United best option for Spaniard, suggest club president - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pep Guardiola has yet to sign a new contract at Bayern Munich which has sparkedwide speculations on his future.

The German champions are hopeful the former Barcelona manager will put pen to papers, but that might not happen at the end of the season.

Guardiola comes to Vital’s defense in the face of Beckenbauer’s criticism

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola threw his support behind midfielder Arturo Vidal on Friday after the Chile international was criticized by club legend Franz Beckenbauer.

"I don't agree with Mr. Beckenbauer. I'm very satisfied with Arturo, he will be a very important player this season," said Guardiola, ahead of Saturday's trip to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga.

Guardiola comes to Vidal’s defense in the face of Beckenbauer’s criticism

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola threw his support behind midfielder Arturo Vidal on Friday after the Chile international was criticized by club legend Franz Beckenbauer.

"I don't agree with Mr. Beckenbauer. I'm very satisfied with Arturo, he will be a very important player this season," said Guardiola, ahead of Saturday's trip to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga.

Money Can’t Buy The Best – Germany Legend Slams Premier League Clubs

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Money Can't Buy The Best Germany Legend Slams Premier League Clubs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich and Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has slammed the Premier League clubs that they cannot attract and buy the best players in the world despite having a windfall of money in recent years.

Bankrupt World Cup-Winner Andreas Brehme Offered Job Cleaning Toilets By Former Teammate

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By Chris Wright

Andreas Brehme was an intrinsic part of the Germany team that won the World Cup in 1990 having scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina, though it would appear that life for the former Bayern Munich left-back is far less salubrious these days.

According to reports in the German press, Brehme got himself into considerable debt after retiring from active duty last working in football during a short, ill-fated stint asGiovanni Trapattoni's assistant at VfB Stuttgart in 2005.

Thoughts on a world cup final

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If we do get a Germany v Netherlands final I'll be pleased.

Some time ago I was researching the history of the sweeper and watched a lot of games from the sport's past. One player I was particularly interested in was Franz Beckenbauer, so I made a point of digging out quite a few games he played in.

FIFA

Union bits, Bethlehem bits, Academy bits, Pulisic, more bits

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Lots of news bits.

FIFA sanctions Beckenbauer over World Cup bidding probe

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FIFA's ethics committee on Wednesday sanctioned German football legend Franz Beckenbauer with a warning and a light fine for failing to cooperate with a probe into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The investigation into the controversial decisions to award the two tournaments to Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) culminated in the now famous 2014 report authored by former US prosecutor Michael Garcia, which FIFA has so far not released, citing procedural reasons.

FIFA sanctions Beckenbauer over World Cup bidding probe

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FIFA's ethics committee on Wednesday sanctioned German football legend Franz Beckenbauer with a warning and a light fine for failing to cooperate with a probe into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The investigation into the controversial decisions to award the two tournaments to Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) culminated in the now famous 2014 report authored by former US prosecutor Michael Garcia, which FIFA has so far not released, citing procedural reasons.

Franz Beckenbauer admits Germany ‘went to the limit’ with its 2006 World Cup bid

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German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer has admitted the bidding committee he chaired for the 2006 World Cup "went to the limits" to obtain the finals.

In his first televised interview since magazine Der Spiegel made cash-for-votes allegations in mid-October, Beckenbauer responded: "What are the limits?

Franz Beckenbauer admits Germany ‘went to the limit’ with its 2006 World Cup bid

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German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer has admitted the bidding committee he chaired for the 2006 World Cup "went to the limits" to obtain the finals.

In his first televised interview since magazine Der Spiegel made cash-for-votes allegations in mid-October, Beckenbauer responded: "What are the limits?

Beckenbauer denies 2006 bid corruption, says he often signed documents without reading them

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German soccerlegend Franz Beckenbauer denied Friday that Germany bought the right to stage the 2006 World Cup but admitted that he often signed documents without reading them.

Spiegel magazine last month alleged that the votes of four members of FIFA's executive committee were bought in 2000, when Germany narrowly won the vote to host the 2006 finals.

Beckenbauer denies 2006 bid corruption, says he often signed documents without reading them

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German soccerlegend Franz Beckenbauer denied Friday that Germany bought the right to stage the 2006 World Cup but admitted that he often signed documents without reading them.

Spiegel magazine last month alleged that the votes of four members of FIFA's executive committee were bought in 2000, when Germany narrowly won the vote to host the 2006 finals.

Linc to host Copa Centenario games, Maidana nominated, Conference finals begin, more

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Philly announced as one of ten Copa America Centenario host cities. Maidana nominated for Latino Player of the Year. MLS conference finals begin on Sunday. More news.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Nogueira, new trialist, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Nogueira hopes to return. New tiralist at left back. More news.

“Silly”: Union give up fastest goal in MLS history in NYRB loss, SD news, USOC qualifiers results, league wrap

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Union concede fastest goal in league history in humbling loss at RBA. Sporting Director announcement soon? Local USOC qualifiers results. LEague results. More.

Offizieller FIFA-Spot aufgrund von Bestechungsvorwürfen von der FIFA gesperrt!

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Offizieller FIFA-Spot aufgrund von Bestechungsvorwürfen von der FIFA gesperrt!

Hat unser Kaiser sich bei einer WM-Vergabe jetzt bestechen lassen oder nicht? Für FIFA-Chefermittler Michael Garcia ist die Sache nicht ganz klar und deswegen schickte er Franz Beckenbauer einen Fragenkatalog mit der Bitte, diesen zügig zu beantworten.

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Franz Beckenbauer again pleads innocence in World Cup 2006 scandal

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Sunday again insisted he is innocent in the 2006 World Cup scandal amidst allegations of corruption, pinning any potential blame on his now deceased lawyer.

Beckenbauer, who captained and coached Germany to the 1974 and 1990 World Cup titles respectively, was head of the organizing committee for the 2006 finals, but insists his former lawyer Robert Schwan, who died in 2002, ran his finances.

Franz Beckenbauer again pleads innocence in World Cup 2006 scandal

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Sunday again insisted he is innocent in the 2006 World Cup scandal amidst allegations of corruption, pinning any potential blame on his now deceased lawyer.

Beckenbauer, who captained and coached Germany to the 1974 and 1990 World Cup titles respectively, was head of the organizing committee for the 2006 finals, but insists his former lawyer Robert Schwan, who died in 2002, ran his finances.

FBI ‘also probing 2006 FIFA World Cup award,’ says report

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The FIFA corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany looks set to widen after a report on Saturday said the FBI are also investigating.

Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung quotes sources from FIFA who claim the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the awarding of the finals in 2000 when Germany narrowly saw off a bid from South Africa.

FBI ‘also probing 2006 FIFA World Cup award,’ says report

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The FIFA corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany looks set to widen after a report on Saturday said the FBI are also investigating.

Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung quotes sources from FIFA who claim the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the awarding of the finals in 2000 when Germany narrowly saw off a bid from South Africa.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger hits back at claims he will flop at Man Utd

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has hit back at claims from German legend Franz Beckenbauer that he will flop at Manchester United because of his age. The...

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Franz Beckenbauer doubts Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move to Man Utd will work out

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German legend Franz Beckenbauer has raised grave doubts over whether Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to Manchester United will work out because...

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The Rest

Franz Beckenbauer cancels Swiss trip amid investigation

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Berlin (AFP) Franz Beckenbauer on Friday cancelled a public appointment in Zurich as Swiss prosecutors investigate corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

The German football legend, who owns a South African winery, cancelled an appointment to attend a public wine tasting in a Zurich hotel to present his own brand of "The Kaiser's Wines".

The Euro Story: Debutantes West Germany Take The Spoils At The First Attempt, Euro 1972

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The fourth instalmentof the European Championships began in 1970, with most of Europe's teams anxious to make up for dismal showings in the Mexico World Cup earlier that year. Again, 32 nations entered.

A Wales team featuring John Toshack looked promising until the demands of the fourth round of the League Cup in England forced the fielding of a makeshift team in a vital game against Czechoslovakia.

Union bits, Vieira named head coach of NYCFC, ban on headers, more

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News. And more news.

All the goals from the 1966 World Cup as GIFs

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An awesome post popped up on reddit this week where a user uploaded GIFs of all the goals from the 1966 World Cup. Some amazing strikes in here, here are a couple of my favorites.

What a hit from Garrincha!

Franz Beckenbauer take a bow.

Can't forget the eventual World Cup winner, creating the original need for goal line review.