Philipp Lahm: Bayern Captain Takes Center Stage Under Guardiola

Philipp Lahm: Bayern Captain Takes Center Stage Under Guardiola

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

With the World Cup coming up, Germany and Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is reveling in a new role for his club. He spoke to SPIEGEL about trying to live up to coach Pep Guardiola's lofty standards, and why he rarely suffers an injury. Interview Conducted By Rafael Buschmann and Detlef Hacke more... Comment ]

World Cup: German Team Builds Beachside Retreat in Brazil

World Cup: German Team Builds Beachside Retreat in Brazil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2013

Unable to find a suitable location to set up shop in Brazil during the upcoming 2014 World Cup, the German football team has decided to simply build its own. The remote beachside camp will "help minimize strain" on players, the team manager says. more... Comment ]

Behind the World Cup: Brazil's Crumbling Football Dream

Behind the World Cup: Brazil's Crumbling Football Dream

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

It's known as a football mecca, but as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup it's clearer than ever that its infrastructure for the sport is crumbling. Now Brazilians have turned the global competition into a symbol for the country's mismanagement. By Jens Gluesing more... Comment ]

Belounis Returns: Footballer Escapes Qatar at Heavy Price

Belounis Returns: Footballer Escapes Qatar at Heavy Price

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

French footballer Zahir Belounis is back in his homeland after being trapped in Qatar against his will. He paid a heavy price for freedom, but is now vowing to fight back against his former club. By Stefan Simons in Paris more... Comment ]

Bitter Bayern: Guardiola Vows to Give Mole Player the Boot

Bitter Bayern: Guardiola Vows to Give Mole Player the Boot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Bayern Munich are flying high on the pitch, but off it things are not going so smoothly. The German soccer club's Spanish manager, Pep Guardiola, has vowed to find and kick out a mole who is passing information to the press. more... Comment ]

Migrant Abuse: MEPs Plan Qatar Trip after Damning Resolution

Migrant Abuse: MEPs Plan Qatar Trip after Damning Resolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Amid ongoing criticism over the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the European Parliament has announced it will send a delegation to the 2022 World Cup host. On Thursday, MEPs issued a resolution condemning conditions for these workers in the Gulf state, though Doha called the resolution "premature." more... Comment ]

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Burak Karan had a bright future as a professional soccer player in Germany and even played for the national team's youth side. But he ended his career at 20 and joined radical Islamists. He was killed in Syria in October. more... Comment ]

Football Violence: Neo-Nazis and Hooligans Find Common Ground

Football Violence: Neo-Nazis and Hooligans Find Common Ground

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2013

Football is increasingly becoming a platform for right-wing extremist violence across Germany. Alarmed sociologists and security experts warn of a new danger: a network of neo-Nazis and hooligans. By Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]

Trapped in Qatar: Footballers Describe Nightmarish Treatment

Trapped in Qatar: Footballers Describe Nightmarish Treatment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

Qatar, the host of the 2022 soccer World Cup, is spending a lot of money to attract players and coaches. SPIEGEL spent time with a handful who have gone to the emirate and say they are aren't getting paid, but have been prevented from leaving the country. By Maik Grossekathöfer more... Comment ]

'Worse Than Gangs': Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns

'Worse Than Gangs': Rio Police Criticized for Favela Crackdowns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

A new security campaign is helping authorities win back control of Rio de Janeiro's favelas ahead of next year's World Cup. Special police units are driving drug gangs out of the slums -- but often only to replace them with their own thuggish rule. By Jens Glüsing in Rio de Janeiro more... Comment ]