FC Barcelona have paid 13.5 million ($18.6 million) to Spanish tax authorities after being charged with fraud in the signing of Brazilian forward Neymar last year. However, the club insist they committed no tax offenses.
Germany has been handed a favorable draw for the qualifying stages for the qualifying stages of Euro 2016. Among the teams alongside them in Group D are Scotland and Ireland, as well as UEFA’s newest member, Gibraltar.
FIFA has named Cristiano Ronaldo as the world's best football player of the year. Germany took home three prizes, with Jupp Heynckes and Silvia Neid winning best coaches and Nadine Angerer, best female player.
Germany's National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is on the lookout for more secure financing. They have launched a new campaign for 2014 under the motto "Give everything. Take nothing."
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is to be put on trial by a German court on corruption allegations. Ecclestone, who denies the charges, has stepped down from the F1 board but will continue to run the organization.