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Exceptions to the Rules: How Some US Athletes Obtain Permits for Banned Medication

Exceptions to the Rules: How Some US Athletes Obtain Permits for Banned Medication

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2016

According to documents hacked by a group called Fancy Bears and obtained by DER SPIEGEL, large numbers of US athletes applied for exemptions to take banned drugs shortly before the Rio Olympic Games. By Christoph Henrichs, Lukas Eberle and Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]

Turkish Crackdown: A German Football Player Stands Up to Erdogan

Turkish Crackdown: A German Football Player Stands Up to Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2016

German footballer Deniz Naki played in the Bundesliga before joining Turkey's unofficial Kurdish national squad, becoming a hero for many Kurds struggling under President Erdogan's violent repression. But now his political statements have attracted the attention of Turkish authorities. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Interview with Rafael Nadal: 'Tennis Is a Lesson in Self-Control'

Interview with Rafael Nadal: 'Tennis Is a Lesson in Self-Control'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2016

Tennis star Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam tournaments and is still a force to be reckoned with. Recently, he opened a tennis academy to train the next generation of players. SPIEGEL spoke with him about the academy, the modern game and his plans for the future. By Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]

The Olympian and the Terrorist: A Story of Two Belgian Brothers

The Olympian and the Terrorist: A Story of Two Belgian Brothers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2016

The older brother detonated a bomb at the Brussels airport. The younger one is representing his country at the Olympic Games in Rio. The story of two Belgian siblings who long ago parted ways. By Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]


Timeout for Football Leaks: Whistleblowers Take Six Month Break

Timeout for Football Leaks: Whistleblowers Take Six Month Break

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2016

The revelations exposed by soccer whistleblowing platform Football Leaks have provided tips for prosecutors and tax inspectors alike. Overwhelmed by a massive trove of data, the group says it will now take a break. By Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]

The Dubious Patron: Inside the Shadowy World of Show Jumping Sponsors

The Dubious Patron: Inside the Shadowy World of Show Jumping Sponsors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2016

Obtaining top show jumping horses is a multimillion-euro business. For a leading rider like Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, this means finding a deep-pocketed backer. Often these patrons can have dubious backgrounds -- a look into a world with few scruples. By Rafael Buschmann, Jörg Diehl and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


Wanted Man: A Visit with A Football Leaks Creator

Wanted Man: A Visit with A Football Leaks Creator

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2016

SPIEGEL meets up with one of the creators of the anonymous whistleblowing platform Football Leaks, which has shaken professional soccer with its revelations about player contracts and salaries. We visited a man forced into hiding by the powerful industry. By Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]

Interview with Football Leaks: 'Football Is a Paradise for Corruption'

Interview with Football Leaks: 'Football Is a Paradise for Corruption'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2016

For months now, the whistleblower platform Football Leaks has been posting player contracts and other official documents from the world of international soccer on its website. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, "John" explains their motivations. Interview Conducted by Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]


Football Leaks: Whistleblower Exposes Top Players' Contracts

Football Leaks: Whistleblower Exposes Top Players' Contracts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2016

Online whistleblower Football Leaks has attracted global attention for publishing the contracts of stars like Germany's Mesut Özil. For its latest exposés, the platform has provided SPIEGEL with access to around 60 documents that contain new revelations such as the annual salary paid by Real Madrid to Toni Kroos. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

Nice No More: The End of the German Fairytale

Nice No More: The End of the German Fairytale

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2015

The World Cup scandal brought to light by SPIEGEL serves as a reminder that Germany is nowhere near as perfect as it had started to look -- ironically, around the time of that historic "fairytale summer." A Commentary By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]