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PEDs on the Pitch: The Lie of Drug-Free Football

PEDs on the Pitch: The Lie of Drug-Free Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

It is often said that taking performance enhancing drugs makes no sense for soccer players. Then why do so many do so? An internal list from the World Anti-Doping Agency reveals the substances players have been caught using. And shows that football officials seek to play down the issue. By Rafael Buschmann, Lukas Eberle, Christoph Henrichs and Gerhard Pfeil more... Comment ]

Football Leaks Money Trail: The Profligate, Profitable World of Sports Agents

Football Leaks Money Trail: The Profligate, Profitable World of Sports Agents

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2016

With massive amounts of money flowing into professional football, sports agents are making a killing. They cash in on colossal commissions and the money often ends up in tax havens like the British Virgin Islands. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Unchained: The Man Behind Football Leaks

Unchained: The Man Behind Football Leaks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2016

Where did the largest leak in the history of sports come from? An encounter with the man who exposed the tax tricks and murky business practices inside the business of football. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Shell Game: Ronaldo, Mourinho and the Paper Trail to the Caribbean

Shell Game: Ronaldo, Mourinho and the Paper Trail to the Caribbean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2016

They are at the pinnacle of the sport, but Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho have also proven to be magicians off the pitch as well -- when it comes to their dealings with tax authorities. They both used shell companies in the Caribbean to collect their marketing earnings. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Timeout for Football Leaks: Whistleblowers Take Six Month Break

Timeout for Football Leaks: Whistleblowers Take Six Month Break

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2016

The revelations exposed by soccer whistleblowing platform Football Leaks have provided tips for prosecutors and tax inspectors alike. Overwhelmed by a massive trove of data, the group says it will now take a break. By Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]

Überraschender Deal: Twitter sichert sich Football-Streamingrechte

Überraschender Deal: Twitter sichert sich Football-Streamingrechte

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2016

American Football schauen auf Twitter: Das geht bald, denn der Dienst hat sich weltweite Rechte an Spielen der US-Profiliga NFL gesichert. Was bezweckt Twitter mit dem teuren Zukauf? mehr... Forum ]


Wanted Man: A Visit with A Football Leaks Creator

Wanted Man: A Visit with A Football Leaks Creator

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2016

SPIEGEL meets up with one of the creators of the anonymous whistleblowing platform Football Leaks, which has shaken professional soccer with its revelations about player contracts and salaries. We visited a man forced into hiding by the powerful industry. By Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]

Interview with Football Leaks: 'Football Is a Paradise for Corruption'

Interview with Football Leaks: 'Football Is a Paradise for Corruption'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2016

For months now, the whistleblower platform Football Leaks has been posting player contracts and other official documents from the world of international soccer on its website. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, "John" explains their motivations. Interview Conducted by Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


Football Leaks: Whistleblower Exposes Top Players' Contracts

Football Leaks: Whistleblower Exposes Top Players' Contracts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2016

Online whistleblower Football Leaks has attracted global attention for publishing the contracts of stars like Germany's Mesut Özil. For its latest exposés, the platform has provided SPIEGEL with access to around 60 documents that contain new revelations such as the annual salary paid by Real Madrid to Toni Kroos. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

Nice No More: The End of the German Fairytale

Nice No More: The End of the German Fairytale

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2015

The World Cup scandal brought to light by SPIEGEL serves as a reminder that Germany is nowhere near as perfect as it had started to look -- ironically, around the time of that historic "fairytale summer." A Commentary By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]