'It Was Rough': New Documents Emerge in Ronaldo Rape Allegations

'It Was Rough': New Documents Emerge in Ronaldo Rape Allegations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2018

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 Staff more... Comment ]

Anti-Doping Delay: FIFA's Foot-Dragging in an Investigation in Russia

Anti-Doping Delay: FIFA's Foot-Dragging in an Investigation in Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2018

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 Staff more... Comment ]


Doping Irregularities: Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

Doping Irregularities: Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2018

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 Staff more... Comment ]

Don't Get Injured: The Unfair Rules in Women's Football

Don't Get Injured: The Unfair Rules in Women's Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2018

Special rules apply to female football players in the Women's Super League: If they get injured, their contract can be terminated after just three months. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Rape Allegations: Ronaldo's Defense Team Develops a Strategy

Rape Allegations: Ronaldo's Defense Team Develops a Strategy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2018

It took two weeks, but the legal team seeking to defend Cristiano Ronaldo against rape allegations levelled by Kathryn Mayorga has now settled on a defense strategy. They are seeking to cast doubt on information published by DER SPIEGEL. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Her Name Is Kathryn: The Woman Who Accuses Ronaldo of Rape

Her Name Is Kathryn: The Woman Who Accuses Ronaldo of Rape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2018

An American woman claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her in Las Vegas. Years ago, the soccer star paid her to remain silent. Now, the woman is going public for the first time and filing a complaint against Ronaldo. She possesses a document that could be extremely dangerous for him. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Olympic Cyclist Kristina Vogel on the Aftermath of Her Terrible Accident: 'I'm Sorry. I Don't Usually Cry'

Olympic Cyclist Kristina Vogel on the Aftermath of Her Terrible Accident: 'I'm Sorry. I Don't Usually Cry'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 08, 2018

A terrible accident two months ago left Olympic sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel, 27, paralyzed. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, she speaks for the first time about what happened and the pointlessness of the question: "Why me?" Interview Conduct By Antje Windmann more...

PEDs Scandal: Romanian Doping Lab Covered Up Positive Tests

PEDs Scandal: Romanian Doping Lab Covered Up Positive Tests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 17, 2018

A sports doping laboratory in Romania has been suspended for months. An internal report from the World Anti-Doping Agency indicates the penalty came in response to intentional manipulation by an "external entity." By Rafael Buschmann, Thilo Neumann and Christoph Winterbach 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 ]

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 ]