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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 ]

World Cup Scandal: Germany Appears to Have Bought Right to Host 2006 Tournament

World Cup Scandal: Germany Appears to Have Bought Right to Host 2006 Tournament

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2015

Information obtained by SPIEGEL suggests the German bidding committee created a slush fund in its effort to land the rights to host the 2006 World Cup. Senior officials, including football hero Franz Beckenbauer, are believed to have known about fund. more... Comment ]

Interview with Thomas Bach: 'We Can Only Provide Inspiration'

Interview with Thomas Bach: 'We Can Only Provide Inspiration'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2015

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committe, talks to SPIEGEL about anti-gay laws, Hamburg's 2024 bid and the association's limited responsibility for human rights. Interview conducted by Lukas Eberle and Maik Großekathöfer more... Comment ]

Dirty Dancer: Sepp Blatter's Corrupt Fiefdom Comes Crashing Down

Dirty Dancer: Sepp Blatter's Corrupt Fiefdom Comes Crashing Down

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2015

With his top officials arrested for corruption, FIFA President Sepp Blatter finally recognized that it was time to go. Now, the global football body will have to reinvent itself. But is that even possible anymore? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

S&M Images: Max Mosely and Google End Legal Dispute

S&M Images: Max Mosely and Google End Legal Dispute

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 15, 2015

Max Mosley has ended his years-long legal dispute with Google. The case centered on the search engine's inclusion of images of the ex-Formula One president participating in an S&M sex party in its search results. Now, the two parties have reached a settlement. By Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]

Former German NFL Player: 'American Football Is Like a Nuclear Explosion'

Former German NFL Player: 'American Football Is Like a Nuclear Explosion'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2015

Patrick Venzke was the first German national in the NFL, but he says he paid a high price both physically and psychologically. His case raises questions not only about the neurological problems linked with American football but also about a culture he describes as Darwinism run riot. Interview Conducted By Maik Großekathöfer and Sara Peschke more... Comment ]

Messi's Missing Millions: Doubts Cloud Charity Games

Messi's Missing Millions: Doubts Cloud Charity Games

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2015

Where did the money go from six benefit football matches played by Lionel Messi and friends? The world famous football player says they went to charity. Tax investigators believe they went to the players. Documents have emerged that are fueling those suspicions. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

World Cup 2022: Confusion Surrounds Blatter Comments on Qatar

World Cup 2022: Confusion Surrounds Blatter Comments on Qatar

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2014

Sources allege that FIFA President Joseph Blatter, at a dinner in Oslo, questioned whether Qatar would ultimately host the 2022 World Cup as planned. But did he? By Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]