Olympic Spirit? Russia's Overshadowed Games

Olympic Spirit? Russia's Overshadowed Games

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2014

This year's Winter Olympics were anything but a carefree celebration of sport. Even before the flame was lit, there were critical questions about the preparations for these games -- and then came the events in Kiev. A Commentary by Peter Ahrens more... Comment ]

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

Letter from Sochi: The Olympic Debut of New Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2014

The Sochi Olympics began under a cloud of criticism and distrust. On the ground, however, people are doing all they can to impress the world with images from a city that is representative of a new, more hopeful young Russia. By Benjamin Bidder, Lukas Eberle and Maik Grossekathöfer in Sochi more... Comment ]

Sochi Schadenfreude: 'Ha Ha, The Russians Screwed It Up Again!'

Sochi Schadenfreude: 'Ha Ha, The Russians Screwed It Up Again!'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2014

People in the West are crowing over every possible problem associated with the Sochi Olympics. But the schadenfreude is an affront to many Russians. We shouldn't forget that Russia is hosting a party and we are their guests. A Commentary by Benjamin Bidder more... Comment ]

Basketball Great Yao Ming: 'Never Underestimate Strength of Character'

Basketball Great Yao Ming: 'Never Underestimate Strength of Character'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2014

Yao Ming is by far China's most recognizable athlete. The former professional basketball star is now retired, but remains a popular figure in his home country. SPIEGEL speaks with him about China's role in the world and why learning to lose is important. Interview by Klaus Brinkbäumer and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

Appointments Cancelled: Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis in a skiing accident while on Christmas vacation in Switzerland, her spokesman said Monday. She has cancelled appointments and will have to spend much of the next three weeks lying down. more... Comment ]

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 ]

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Breakdancing, an artform invented by New York street gangs in the 1980s, is seeing a renaissance on a global scale. Today's battles may be big-budget spectacles with flashy acrobatics, but they still prize one thing above all else: style. By Lukas Eberle 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 ]