Football Leaks documents outline how Manchester City's owners may have used a surreptitious company in the Cayman Islands to conceal a player investment fund. The team has been accused of violating UEFA spending rules. By Rafael Buschmann and Christoph Winterbachmore...[ Comment ]
A potential conflict of interest is hampering proceedings by European prosecutors who are looking into the Football Leaks data trove. Revelations about a Portuguese official raise questions about whether the whistleblower in the case can expect a fair trial in Portugal. By Rafael Buschmann, Nicola Naber and Michael Wulzingermore...
Young English football star Jadon Sancho is electrifying the Bundesliga, Germany's top league. Manchester City spent years trying to secure the player for the long term, even apparently resorting to irregular payments. But he landed in Germany nonetheless. By Rafael Buschmann and Christoph Winterbachmore...[ Comment ]
In an interview, Rui Pinto, the Portuguese man who kept the industry in suspense over revelations from Football Leaks, discusses his life in anonymity, the explosive power of his documents and accusations that he is a hacker. Interview Conducted By Rafael Buschmann, Hendrik Maassen (NDR), Yann Philippin (Mediapart), Nino Seidel (NDR) and Michael Wulzingermore...[ Video ]
William Bourdon is a lawyer who represents prominent whistblowers. He's now leading the defense team for Rui Pinto, the man behind the Football Leaks revelations. In an interview, Bourdon discusses his client's motives and the threat he will be extradited to Portugal. By Rafael Buschmann, Christoph Winterbach and Michael Wulzingermore...
Portuguese authorities have accused a 30-year-old of attempted blackmail and data theft. Authorities have demanded the detainee's extradition to Portugal, a move his lawyers are seeking to prevent. more...
As an executive at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Boldt played the role of accomplice to a trio of player agents. The case shines a spotlight on the greed pervasive in professional football. By DER SPIEGEL Staffmore...[ Comment ]
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make his fans happy on the field. Off of it, however, things aren't looking so bright: A woman has accused him of raping her in 2009, and there is an extremely sensitive document that supports her story. His lawyers say it is a fabrication. Is it? By DER SPIEGEL Staffmore...[ Comment ]
Lawyer Richard McLaren was initially supposed to investigate widespread doping allegations in Russian football ahead of the 2018 World Cup. But he was prevented from doing so by a top FIFA official. By DER SPIEGEL Staffmore...[ Comment ]
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 Staffmore...[ Comment ]