Around 12,000 pack Fiorentina’s stadium to welcome Ribery
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — About 12,000 fans welcomed new signing Franck Ribery at Fiorentina's Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday.
Ribery walked onto the field to the "Rocky" theme tune, and...
2006 World Cup organizer rejects charges over payment
DIEZ, Germany (AP) — Former German soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger has again declared his innocence over a 6.7 million euros ($7.5 million) payment made before the 2006 World...
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday charged former members of the German soccer federation (DFB) and a former FIFA official with fraud over the true purpose of a 6.7 million euro...
Swiss attorney general defends his FIFA investigation
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general defended his team's handling of its four-year FIFA investigation on Wednesday, a week after the lead prosecutor was removed from duty.
Federal prosecutors have come "under attack every day by the lawyers" in a case comprising 25 different investigations, Michael Lauber said at a news conference.
"We have to follow the Swiss (penal) code," said Lauber, who confirmed he will seek another four-year term as attorney general in June.
Swiss prosecutor suspended while leading FIFA investigation
GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's chief economic crimes prosecutor was suspended last week while leading an investigation into corruption linked to FIFA, the federal prosecutor's office said Friday.
It was unclear how Olivier Thormann's suspension will affect the integrity of ongoing criminal proceedings.
In 1990, months after the Berlin Wall came crashing down, West Germany won its third World Cup and Franz Beckenbauer became the first person to win as captain and coach.
Beckenbauer, who many credit with revolutionizing the role of the defender into a more offensive and elegant position, had been part of the World Cup fabric as far back as 1966 when, at the tender age of 20, he played a pivotal role in West Germany's advancement to the World Cup final.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Three German organizers of the 2006 World Cup have been charged with tax evasion linked to a payment to FIFA.
German news agency dpa reported that Theo Zwanziger, Wolfgang Niersbach and Horst R. Schmidt confirmed Wednesday they are indicted by Frankfurt prosecutors in a long-running investigation.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 25 separate investigations of suspected corruption linked to FIFA and World Cup bidding are being led by federal prosecutors in Switzerland, the country's office for the attorney general said Friday.
The office of Michael Lauber confirmed the scale of "football-related cases" after securing a first conviction since its FIFA probes began in 2014.
Prosecutors question Beckenbauer in World Cup fraud case
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Germany soccer great Franz Beckenbauer has been questioned in a Swiss federal investigation of suspected corruption linked to the 2006 World Cup.
Criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other German members of the 2006 tournament organizing committee were opened in 2015. The four are suspected of fraud, money laundering, criminal mismanagement, and misappropriation relating to a payment of 6.7 million euros ($7 million) to FIFA in 2005.
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm on verge of 500th appearance
BERLIN (AP) — After overcoming an injury scare this week, Philipp Lahm is set to make his 500th appearance for Bayern Munich.
Lahm limped off after getting a knock to his knee in a training session on Monday, but the 33-year-old defender was given the all-clear shortly afterward.
"Everything's in order," Lahm said Wednesday.
On Saturday at home against Schalke, the World Cup winner can equal the mark of 500 appearances set by former teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Former FIFA secretary general is suspect in criminal case
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss authorities say their criminal investigation into FIFA has expanded and former secretary general Urs Linsi is a suspect.
The case relates to Germany's staging of the 2006 World Cup and a suspicious payment of 6.7 million euros ($7 million) that went through FIFA in 2005 when Linsi was its top administrator.
Germans seek Europe’s trust for ’24 bid amid World Cup probe
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Germany is pressing ahead with its bid to host the 2024 European Championship, insisting Wednesday that its soccer leadership should be trusted because it is not linked to mounting allegations of wrongdoing against the 2006 World Cup campaign.
Beckenbauer paid 5.5 million euros for 2006 World Cup work
BERLIN (AP) — The German football federation (DFB) says former soccer great Franz Beckenbauer received payments totaling 5.5 million euros ($6.2 million) for his work leading the country's successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup.
Beckenbauer was previously said to have worked in an honorary unpaid capacity for the bid, according to Der Spiegel magazine, which first revealed details of the payments Tuesday.
Report: Former great Franz Beckenbauer has heart surgery
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Former soccer great Franz Beckenbauer has had open-heart surgery and received at least one bypass, according to a report in a German newspaper.
Beckenbauer's management team has not responded to a request for comment on his health following a report Monday in the mass-circulation Bild newspaper.
Bild said the surgery took place Saturday and had been planned for several weeks.
Swiss open 2006 World Cup criminal case against Beckenbauer
ZURICH (AP) — Soccer great Franz Beckenbauer is a criminal suspect in a World Cup fraud case.
Beckenbauer's home in Austria was raided for evidence on Thursday on behalf of Swiss federal prosecutors investigating corruption linked to FIFA. Switzerland's attorney general's office said they had opened criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer and three other German members of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee.
Record Minnesota soccer crowd expected at first U.S. Bank Stadium sporting event
The first sporting event at U.S. Bank Stadium is expected to draw the largest crowd for a soccer match in Minnesota in 38 years.
More than 55,000 tickets have been sold for the Aug. 3 match between European teams Chelsea and A.C. Milan, according to Relevent Sports, a soccer promotion agency affiliated with the match. The game is part of the International Champions Cup competition in which top teams from around the world play in North America, Australia and...