With the parent company in trouble, the football club has been among the first to suffer.Plans for a new 40-million-euro (.3 million) youth academy were scrapped soon after the scandal broke, and much of the proceeds from the sales of Kevin De Bruyne (80 million euros to Manchester City) and Ivan Perisic (20 million euros to Inter Milan) are thought to have gone straight to Volkswagen.
But after news broke last year that the company had breached US car emissions laws, Volkswagen was forced to recall millions of vehicles and is facing fines which could potentially amount to billions of dollars."I don't think it would be a bad thing if we couldn't afford expensive players and instead concentrated more on our own youngsters," he said."We'd probably end up in mid-table for a while but it wouldn't stop us loving our club." A timely reminder Given the identity of the Bundesliga's current leaders, the entwined fate of Volkswagen and Wolfsburg is a timely reminder of the nature of corporate-owned football clubs and the value of the 50 1 rule for German football.() Another week, another hurdle cleared by RB Leipzig.The Bundesliga's most reviled club stun Bayer Leverkusen to go top of the table, as the club takes another brave step into the unknown.
"We will have to see where Volkswagen's aims lie," Allofs said on German television last week."Is it simply about the existence of a football club in Wolfsburg or is it about challenging for the top of the league?DW takes a look at the key battles in the race for the title and European qualification and the nerve-shredding scrap to avoid the drop.Bayern Munich were held by Schalke in another frustrating performance at the Allianz Arena.() Volkswagen has announced that it is pulling out of the WRC.