Double Agents: A Handy Tax Trick Used By Agents and Players

Double Agents: A Handy Tax Trick Used By Agents and Players

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2018

For years, England's Premier League clubs have been using the same trick to avoid tax payments. But tax authorities are starting to pursue the cases -- and German star player Michael Ballack and agent José Mourinho have both attracted their attention. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Carlos Tévez in Manchester: A Dubious Transfer Deal Gone Sour

Carlos Tévez in Manchester: A Dubious Transfer Deal Gone Sour

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2018

Carlos Tévez was one of the first superstars signed by Manchester City's new owners from Abu Dhabi in 2009. The transfer fee was paid to a dubious company located in a tax haven. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Venture Capital: How Clubs Profit By Exploiting Young African Talent

Venture Capital: How Clubs Profit By Exploiting Young African Talent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2018

Manchester City invests millions in an African football academy. But very few of its attendees make the jump to Europe. Those that do are treated like commodities. more... Comment ]

Pinhas Zahavi: Inside the World of a Powerful Football Agent

Pinhas Zahavi: Inside the World of a Powerful Football Agent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2018

Football agent Pinhas Zahavi sought to free Robert Lewandowski from his contract with Bayern Munich this summer. The Israeli is one of the most influential professionals in the business. He brought Neymar to Paris, but was also involved in murky deals with underage players. more... Comment ]


Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 4: A Global Empire

Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 4: A Global Empire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2018

It's football capitalism in its purest form: Manchester City pays exorbitant salaries and turns a profit, while the City Football Group controls affiliates on all continents. Executives even used an Arab club for secret payments to the man who is now the coach of Italy's national team. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Financial Fair Play: 'It's Rude'

Financial Fair Play: 'It's Rude'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2018

Football finance expert Rob Wilson explains in an interview why the recent revelations about Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are problematic -- and why a Super League seems more and more likely. more... Comment ]


Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 3: Recruiting Pep Guardiola

Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 3: Recruiting Pep Guardiola

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2018

The powerful men behind Manchester City don't just show up in the stadium, they also make appearances on the global political stage. Control is their top priority. They managed to lure star trainer Pep Guardiola away from FC Bayern almost a year before he took over Man City. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Kylian Mbappé: It's Raining Money for This Football Wunderkind

Kylian Mbappé: It's Raining Money for This Football Wunderkind

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2018

Never before has a 19-year-old earned more at Paris Saint-Germain than Kylian Mbappé. Yet the club also denied numerous special requests made by the highly talented striker. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more...


Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 2: The Secret 'Project Longbow'

Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 2: The Secret 'Project Longbow'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2018

A phony, multimillion-pound deal and behind-the-scenes lobbying: Before the introduction of the new Financial Fair Play rules, Manchester City did all it could to dodge spending regulations. The club insisted to UEFA it was innocent. more... Comment ]

Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 1: Bending the Rules to the Tune of Millions

Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 1: Bending the Rules to the Tune of Millions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2018

For years now, the Manchester City football club has vehemently denied that its owner, the sheikh of Abu Dhabi, broke financial rules. But internal emails tell a different story, providing evidence of backdated contracts, illusory sponsoring payments and cavalier, "We can do what we want," business practices. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]