A Strawman in England: FC Barcelona, a Shell Company and Messi's Father

A Strawman in England: FC Barcelona, a Shell Company and Messi's Father

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2019

The London-based company Sidefloor was part of the tax-evasion structure for which Lionel Messi and his father Jorge were convicted. Now it has been revealed that FC Barcelona spent years paying agent fees to this letterbox company, payments apparently destined for Jorge Messi. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more...

Football Leaks Lawyer: 'In Germany, Pinto Never Would Have Been Sent to Jail'

Football Leaks Lawyer: 'In Germany, Pinto Never Would Have Been Sent to Jail'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2019

Rui Pinto is the whistleblower behind Football Leaks and has been in jail in Portugal for months. In an interview, his lawyer William Bourdon talks about how his client is doing and what he is doing to get Pinto out of prison. Interview Conducted by Rafael Buschmann and Christoph Winterbach more...


Football Leaks: Why FC Chelsea Parked a Young Player in Cologne

Football Leaks: Why FC Chelsea Parked a Young Player in Cologne

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2019

Why did the 14-year-old football prodigy Thierno Ballo transfer from Bayer Leverkusen to the amateur club Viktoria Köln? He was apparently parked there as part of a contract with FC Chelsea. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more...

NFL: Oakland-Star Brown bittet um Entlassung - und bekommt seinen Wunsch erfüllt

NFL: Oakland-Star Brown bittet um Entlassung - und bekommt seinen Wunsch erfüllt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2019

Antonio Brown kam als Hoffnungsträger zu den Oakland Raiders. Nach selbstverschuldeten Verletzungen, einem Helmstreit und Gewaltandrohung ist er ohne Pflichtspiel entlassen worden. mehr... Forum ]


Ukrainian Brotherhood: How UEFA Payments Ended Up in the British Virgin Islands

Ukrainian Brotherhood: How UEFA Payments Ended Up in the British Virgin Islands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2019

UEFA transferred around 380 million euros intended for the Football Federation of Ukraine to a company in the British Virgin Islands without knowing who controlled the firm. It was the oligarch Igor Surkis, president of Dynamo Kyiv, who finance his club using the offshore company. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more...

The Category-A Principle: How Adidas and Nike Are Cementing Football's Wealth Gap

The Category-A Principle: How Adidas and Nike Are Cementing Football's Wealth Gap

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2019

Adidas and Nike are locked in bitter competition for the right to represent players and teams with the greatest global reach. It is a battle that cements the gap between the rich and the poor in world football. Cristiano Ronaldo's contract is perhaps the most astonishing. By Rafael Buschmann and Michael Wulzinger more...


NFL-Saisonstart: Green Bay Packers gewinnen Traditionsduell

NFL-Saisonstart: Green Bay Packers gewinnen Traditionsduell

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2019

Aaron Rodgers hat die Green Bay Packers im Saison-Eröffnungsspiel zum Sieg geführt. Der Star-Quarterback warf den spielentscheidenden Pass. Für Deutschlands Footballhoffnung war die Saison schon vor der Partie vorbei. mehr... Forum ]

Karriereende von Football-Star Luck: Vom Verlust der Freude

Karriereende von Football-Star Luck: Vom Verlust der Freude

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 27, 2019

Andrew Luck war einer der besten Spieler der NFL. Für sein persönliches Glück beendete der Quarterback der Indianapolis Colts vorzeitig seine Football-Karriere - und wird von den eigenen Fans ausgebuht. Von Marvin Rishi Krishan mehr... Forum ]


FC Bayern CEO: 'Why Do We Need to Change Anything at All?'

FC Bayern CEO: 'Why Do We Need to Change Anything at All?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 31, 2019

Everyone is talking about reforming the Champions League, but FC Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would be happy for things to stay the same. He also tells DER SPIEGEL in an interview that he isn't interested in plans for a Super League. Interview Conducted by Rafael Buschmann and Christoph Winterbach more... Comment ]

UEFA President Ceferin: 'Should We Punish Football Clubs for Being Successful?'

UEFA President Ceferin: 'Should We Punish Football Clubs for Being Successful?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2019

In an interview, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferi discusses corruption in football, plans for a new Champions League and the decision to play the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan. Interview Conducted by Christoph Winterbach and Rafael Buschmann more... Comment ]