Hide-and-Seek: How British Football Clubs Secretly Signed Youth Talent

Hide-and-Seek: How British Football Clubs Secretly Signed Youth Talent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2019

It appears that football club FC Chelsea secretly signed underage players. The development could also have direct consequences for FC Bayern Munich's recruiting efforts in Germany. By Rafael Buschmann, Nicola Naber and Christoph Winterbach more... Comment ]

Football Leaks: Man City Accused of Using Shadow Firms to Flout Rules

Football Leaks: Man City Accused of Using Shadow Firms to Flout Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2019

Football Leaks documents outline how Manchester City's owners may have used a surreptitious company in the Cayman Islands to conceal a player investment fund. The team has been accused of violating UEFA spending rules. By Rafael Buschmann and Christoph Winterbach more... Comment ]


Totally Unbiased? Possible Conflict of Interest Dogs Football Leaks Probe

Totally Unbiased? Possible Conflict of Interest Dogs Football Leaks Probe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2019

A potential conflict of interest is hampering proceedings by European prosecutors who are looking into the Football Leaks data trove. Revelations about a Portuguese official raise questions about whether the whistleblower in the case can expect a fair trial in Portugal. By Rafael Buschmann, Nicola Naber and Michael Wulzinger more...

A Child Prodigy's Fate: Jadon Sancho's Path to the Bundesliga

A Child Prodigy's Fate: Jadon Sancho's Path to the Bundesliga

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 22, 2019

Young English football star Jadon Sancho is electrifying the Bundesliga, Germany's top league. Manchester City spent years trying to secure the player for the long term, even apparently resorting to irregular payments. But he landed in Germany nonetheless. By Rafael Buschmann and Christoph Winterbach more... Comment ]


Interview with Football Leaks Whistleblower Pinto: 'This Football Mafia Is Everywhere'

Interview with Football Leaks Whistleblower Pinto: 'This Football Mafia Is Everywhere'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2019

In an interview, Rui Pinto, the Portuguese man who kept the industry in suspense over revelations from Football Leaks, discusses his life in anonymity, the explosive power of his documents and accusations that he is a hacker. Interview Conducted By Rafael Buschmann, Hendrik Maassen (NDR), Yann Philippin (Mediapart), Nino Seidel (NDR) and Michael Wulzinger more... Video ]

Interview with Football Leaks Lawyer: 'He Is Absolutely Aware of the Earthquake He Triggered'

Interview with Football Leaks Lawyer: 'He Is Absolutely Aware of the Earthquake He Triggered'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 25, 2019

William Bourdon is a lawyer who represents prominent whistblowers. He's now leading the defense team for Rui Pinto, the man behind the Football Leaks revelations. In an interview, Bourdon discusses his client's motives and the threat he will be extradited to Portugal. By Rafael Buschmann, Christoph Winterbach and Michael Wulzinger more...


Budapest Raid: Football Leaks Whistleblower Arrested

Budapest Raid: Football Leaks Whistleblower Arrested

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2019

Portuguese authorities have accused a 30-year-old of attempted blackmail and data theft. Authorities have demanded the detainee's extradition to Portugal, a move his lawyers are seeking to prevent. more...

'A Favor': Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive

'A Favor': Dirty Alliance between Player Agents and a Team Executive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2018

As an executive at Bayer Leverkusen, Jonas Boldt played the role of accomplice to a trio of player agents. The case shines a spotlight on the greed pervasive in professional football. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


'It Was Rough': New Documents Emerge in Ronaldo Rape Allegations

'It Was Rough': New Documents Emerge in Ronaldo Rape Allegations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make his fans happy on the field. Off of it, however, things aren't looking so bright: A woman has accused him of raping her in 2009, and there is an extremely sensitive document that supports her story. His lawyers say it is a fabrication. Is it? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Football Leaks: Bei der Fifa, wo die Chefermittlerin die Ermittlungen behindert
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Football Leaks: Bei der Fifa, wo die Chefermittlerin die Ermittlungen behindert

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2018

Ein Dopingexperte sollte vor der WM 2018 den Sumpf im russischen Fußball untersuchen. Doch ausgerechnet die Chefermittlerin des Weltverbands hatte etwas dagegen. Chronologie einer Intrige. mehr...