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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 Henrichs, 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 Henrichs 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 ]

Wild Wild West: Inside the Desperate Battle against Sports Doping

Wild Wild West: Inside the Desperate Battle against Sports Doping

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2017

A special unit of investigators and medical professionals in the U.S. is on the hunt for sports cheats. Internal emails that DER SPIEGEL has examined show how assiduous the inspectors are in their pursuit -- and how frustrating it can be. By Rafael Buschmann, Lukas Eberle, Christoph Henrichs and Gerhard Pfeil more... Comment ]


Football Leaks Money Trail: The Profligate, Profitable World of Sports Agents

Football Leaks Money Trail: The Profligate, Profitable World of Sports Agents

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2016

With massive amounts of money flowing into professional football, sports agents are making a killing. They cash in on colossal commissions and the money often ends up in tax havens like the British Virgin Islands. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Unchained: The Man Behind Football Leaks

Unchained: The Man Behind Football Leaks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2016

Where did the largest leak in the history of sports come from? An encounter with the man who exposed the tax tricks and murky business practices inside the business of football. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Money, Money, Money: Football Leaks Shows Us that Football Is Sick

Money, Money, Money: Football Leaks Shows Us that Football Is Sick

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2016

The Football Leaks revelations provide evidence of a professional sport that has grown rotten to the core. The system puts money first and players and fans second. It's time for those who love the game to fight back. An Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Shell Game: Ronaldo, Mourinho and the Paper Trail to the Caribbean

Shell Game: Ronaldo, Mourinho and the Paper Trail to the Caribbean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2016

They are at the pinnacle of the sport, but Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho have also proven to be magicians off the pitch as well -- when it comes to their dealings with tax authorities. They both used shell companies in the Caribbean to collect their marketing earnings. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


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 ]