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'The House Is Burning': Ronaldo's Tax Tricks Hit the Entire Football Industry

'The House Is Burning': Ronaldo's Tax Tricks Hit the Entire Football Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2017

Following DER SPIEGEL's Football Leaks revelations, Cristiano Ronaldo could now face trial on tax-related charges. His fans are outraged, while others inlcuding the president of UEFA are furious -- at players' agents, who have dragged the professional sport into the mud. By Rafael Buschmann, Gerhard Pfeil, Tim Röhn and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

Tainting the Beautiful Game: How Asian Match-Fixers Are Infiltrating European Football

Tainting the Beautiful Game: How Asian Match-Fixers Are Infiltrating European Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2017

Asian investors are buying into European football clubs, bringing money, new players and hope along with them. But some are engaged in match-fixing, manipulating games and earning millions off crooked bets. They have already infiltrated a number of teams. By Rafael Buschmann and Tim Röhn more... Comment ]


An Assault German's Favorite Pastime: Bombing of Team Bus Prompts Soul-Searching

An Assault German's Favorite Pastime: Bombing of Team Bus Prompts Soul-Searching

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2017

The bomb attack on a German professional football team's bus this week had high symbolic impact, and some players felt used by the demand they play a rescheduled match one day later. The events have sparked a debate in Germany about the safety of famous athletes in the age of terror. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

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 ]


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 ]