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Doping Irregularities: Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

Doping Irregularities: Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

November 23, 2018, 06:07 PM

Do anti-doping rules apply equally to all players and teams? After Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2017, Sergio Ramos was tested for a substance prohibited in competition and caught the eye of inspectors. But the case never reached the light of day. Now, the team captain is entangled in a new affair. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Don't Get Injured: The Unfair Rules in Women's Football

Don't Get Injured: The Unfair Rules in Women's Football

November 23, 2018, 03:48 PM

Special rules apply to female football players in the Women's Super League: If they get injured, their contract can be terminated after just three months. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Hungry Like the Wolf: Turning a Football Team into a Money Machine

Hungry Like the Wolf: Turning a Football Team into a Money Machine

November 22, 2018, 01:03 PM

A rather astounding number of players represented by the agent Jorge Mendes play for the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club's manager is Mendes' business partner. Internal emails illuminate the conflict of interest. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


A Worn Out Welcome: Ecuadorian Embassy Sours on Julian Assange

A Worn Out Welcome: Ecuadorian Embassy Sours on Julian Assange

November 21, 2018, 05:27 PM

In 2012, Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Today, even as he faces the threat of a possible U.S. indictment, the new Ecuadorian leadership would like to get rid of their guest. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Distressed: Are Ships in the Med Ignoring Refugees in Distress?

Distressed: Are Ships in the Med Ignoring Refugees in Distress?

November 21, 2018, 04:46 PM

Migrants are still trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean. But ever since Italy has closed its ports to ships that have saved refugees from the waves, there are indications that some captains have grown more willing to sail on by without helping. By Raphael Thelen more... Comment ]


Transfer Shenanigans: What FIFA Means When It Says 'Transparency'

Transfer Shenanigans: What FIFA Means When It Says 'Transparency'

November 21, 2018, 04:11 PM

When Paul Pogba briefly became the most expensive player in the world, his agent Mino Raiola earned a fortune. FIFA investigated, but ultimately dropped the case. Its reasons for doing so were anything but transparent. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

Alternative Funding: Donation Scandal Hits German Right-Wing Populists

November 19, 2018, 01:47 PM

The right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany has long crowed that it is different than the "cartel parties." Now, though, it has been rocked by a far-reaching donation scandal. Party leadership may soon see a shake-up. By Melanie Amann, Laura Backes, Sven Becker and Sven Röbel more... Comment ]


Buying Time: The Scramble for Fresh Capital in Professional Football

Buying Time: The Scramble for Fresh Capital in Professional Football

November 16, 2018, 06:02 PM

Representatives of private banks and investors regularly come knocking on football clubs' doors like traveling salesmen, because even some of the largest European teams frequently find themselves short on cash. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom

Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom

November 16, 2018, 06:01 PM

In 2011, a Russian billionaire set out to rescue the ailing AS Monaco football club. He invested in top players and invited government, police and justice officials to matches. He handed out both gifts and jobs. Last week, however, Dmitry Rybolovlev was charged with corruption. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


The Brewing Storm: Chaos Erupts in London Over Brexit Deal

The Brewing Storm: Chaos Erupts in London Over Brexit Deal

November 16, 2018, 06:00 PM

Some 874 days after the Brexit referendum, Theresa May has reached a deal with the European Union to prevent a hard exit from the bloc. But events of recent days make clear that months of drama in Brussels pales in comparison to the one unfolding in London now. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]