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 ]

FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract

FC Barcelona Star Lionel Messi: Tax Troubles, an Audit and a 100-Million-Euro Contract

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2018

Why is FC Barcelona paying superstar striker Lionel Messi over 100 million euros a year? Confidential documents contain evidence of more tax trouble, a questionable loan and the negotiating tricks employed by Messi's father. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

Football Leaks: Lionel Messi's 100-Million-Euro Contract

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2018

No football player in the world earns more: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona makes in excess of 100 million euros in a single season. His salary is the subject of documents provided by the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

New Tax Problems: Lionel Messi Paid around 12 Million Euros in Back Taxes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2018

Facing what could have been a new round of troubles with fiscal authorities, football player Lionel Messi paid 12 million euros in back taxes at the end of 2016. Documents supplied by Football Leaks show that FC Barcelona ultimately jumped in to cover the superstar's tax debt. By Rafael Buschmann, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch, Nicola Naber, Jörg Schmitt and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


Tennis Pro Alexander Zverev: 'We Are Supposed to Be Robots'

Tennis Pro Alexander Zverev: 'We Are Supposed to Be Robots'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2017

Alexander Zverev, 20, is Germany's best male tennis player and has made it to the top 16 at Wimbledon this week, his best Grand Slam performance ever. SPIEGEL spoke with him about breaking rackets, lifting weights and the pitfalls of social media. Interview Conducted by Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]

Rape Allegations Against Real Madrid Star: 'It Has To Be Less!' Ronaldo Wrote in Text Message

Rape Allegations Against Real Madrid Star: 'It Has To Be Less!' Ronaldo Wrote in Text Message

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2017

A young woman claims that Cristiano Ronaldo raped her. Following the publication of a report on the allegations, the Real Madrid player's agency dismissed the story as "journalistic fiction." But DER SPIEGEL has evidence indicating that Ronaldo was privy to negotiations with the American. By Rafael Buschmann, Christoph Winterbach, Gerhard Pfeil, Antje Windmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


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 Winterbach and Gerhard Pfeil more... Comment ]

Doping Investigation: Suspicions Surround Elite Nike Running Team

Doping Investigation: Suspicions Surround Elite Nike Running Team

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2017

American anti-doping investigators believe that a Nike-sponsored team of elite runners coached by Alberto Salazar may be engaged in systematic deception. Internal emails suggest that the sportswear company has sought to hinder the investigation. By Rafael Buschmann and Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]