23 October 2015
Allegations that the bid committee to bring the 2006 World Cup to Germany used bribery to secure the hosting rights have put famous football figures in the spotlight.
A report in German publication Der Spiegel claimed that a slush fund worth almost $6million was created by the committee in order to secure votes in their favour.
Both the German Football Federation (DFB) and its president Wolfgang Niersbach have denied the allegations, along with former West Germany defender and captain Franz Beckenbauer; who headed the bid effort.
While the tournament is a distant memory, prosecutors will be using all their expertise to secure any relevant documentation to pursue those it believes were involved. For both sides it is likely to be a saga involving shrewd use of the evidence available.