A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

A German on Probation: What Özil's Resignation Tells Us About Germany in 2018

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 27, 2018

You don't have to be a fan of German footballer Mesut Özil. And it's OK to criticize his photo op with autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the letter he wrote resigning from the German national team. But Özil's accusations of "racism and disrespect" say much about Germany's acceptance of its immigrants. An Essay By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Offshore: Ronaldo's Deepening Trouble with the Tax Man

Offshore: Ronaldo's Deepening Trouble with the Tax Man

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2018

As DER SPIEGEL reported in its latest issue, Cristiano Ronaldo used more offshore structures than had previously been known. He dissolved one of them immediately after receiving a request for comment from the newsweekly. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Dark Side of the Dream: Why Arsenal Star Per Mertesacker Is Happy to Leave Football

Dark Side of the Dream: Why Arsenal Star Per Mertesacker Is Happy to Leave Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2018

After 15 years as a professional football player, Arsenal player Per Mertesacker is hanging up his boots. Plagued by injuries and stressed by the game, he argues that it's time for people to understand its human cost. By Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

Nach Super-Bowl-Triumph: Drei Eagles-Profis wollen auf Trump-Besuch verzichten

Nach Super-Bowl-Triumph: Drei Eagles-Profis wollen auf Trump-Besuch verzichten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2018

Während der Hymne gab es diesmal keine Proteste - nach dem Super Bowl erklärten jedoch drei Spieler der siegreichen Philadelphia Eagles, die Einladung ins Weiße Haus nicht annehmen zu wollen. mehr... Video ]


Sportstadt Philadelphia: Endlich wieder richtige Sieger

Sportstadt Philadelphia: Endlich wieder richtige Sieger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2018

Die Philadelphia Eagles gingen als klare Außenseiter in das Endspiel um den Super Bowl. Dank des großen Auftritts ihres Ersatz-Quarterbacks gewannen sie. Ein Erfolg, auf den die Stadt lange warten musste. Von Heiko Oldörp mehr... Video | Forum ]

Leo's Secret Society: The Shady World of Messi's Charitable Foundation

Leo's Secret Society: The Shady World of Messi's Charitable Foundation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2018

Documents from the Football Leaks whistleblowing platform have raised serious questions about Lionel Messi's charitable foundations -- from annual reports filed years after the fact to the granting of possibly illegal tax exemptions to donors. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Football Leaks: Messi Foundation May Have Issued Illegal Donation Certificates to Barcelona 

Football Leaks: Messi Foundation May Have Issued Illegal Donation Certificates to Barcelona 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2018

Lionel Messi has already been convicted of tax evasion. New reporting by DER SPIEGEL suggests that the superstar's foundation also helped FC Barcelona to save on taxes. It wasn't legal. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract

FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2018

Why is FC Barcelona paying superstar striker Lionel Messi over 100 million euros a year? Confidential documents contain evidence of more tax trouble, a questionable loan and the negotiating tricks employed by Messi's father. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2018

No football player in the world earns more: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona makes in excess of 100 million euros in a single season. His salary is the subject of documents provided by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2018

Facing what could have been a new round of troubles with fiscal authorities, football player Lionel Messi paid 12 million euros in back taxes at the end of 2016. Documents supplied by Football Leaks show that FC Barcelona ultimately jumped in to cover the superstar's tax debt. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]