World Cup Scandal Germany Appears to Have Bought Right to Host 2006 Tournament

Information obtained by SPIEGEL suggests the German bidding committee created a slush fund in its effort to land the rights to host the 2006 World Cup. Senior officials, including football hero Franz Beckenbauer, are believed to have known about fund.
Wolfgang Niersbach and Franz Beckenbauer led Germany's effort to land the 2006 World Cup.

Wolfgang Niersbach and Franz Beckenbauer led Germany's effort to land the 2006 World Cup.

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