November 20, 2014 -- Updated 0406 GMT (1206 HKT)
They stepped forward to help reform the way football operates - and are now bitterly regretting their decision.
The bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has taken a new twist as football's world governing body FIFA lodged a criminal complaint with the Swiss judiciary Tuesday.
FIFA is coming under growing pressure from some of Europe's leading football federations to take "urgent action" and restore confidence in the world governing body.
Thomas Muller scored twice as the mighty Die Mannschaft beat minnow Gibraltar but it was another unconvincing performance by Germany which left coach Joachim Low to voice his displeasure
Racism and World Cup
CNN's Amanda Davis asks Alexey Sorokin how racism in Russia might play a role in the 2018 World Cup.