'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...


Anti-Doping Delay: FIFA's Foot-Dragging in an Investigation in Russia

Anti-Doping Delay: FIFA's Foot-Dragging in an Investigation in Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2018

Lawyer Richard McLaren was initially supposed to investigate widespread doping allegations in Russian football ahead of the 2018 World Cup. But he was prevented from doing so by a top FIFA official. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Doping Irregularities: Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

Doping Irregularities: Ramos, Ronaldo and the Controllers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2018

Do anti-doping rules apply equally to all players and teams? After Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2017, Sergio Ramos was tested for a substance prohibited in competition and caught the eye of inspectors. But the case never reached the light of day. Now, the team captain is entangled in a new affair. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Don't Get Injured: The Unfair Rules in Women's Football

Don't Get Injured: The Unfair Rules in Women's Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2018

Special rules apply to female football players in the Women's Super League: If they get injured, their contract can be terminated after just three months. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Hungry Like the Wolf: Turning a Football Team into a Money Machine

Hungry Like the Wolf: Turning a Football Team into a Money Machine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2018

A rather astounding number of players represented by the agent Jorge Mendes play for the Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club's manager is Mendes' business partner. Internal emails illuminate the conflict of interest. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Transfer Shenanigans: What FIFA Means When It Says 'Transparency'

Transfer Shenanigans: What FIFA Means When It Says 'Transparency'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2018

When Paul Pogba briefly became the most expensive player in the world, his agent Mino Raiola earned a fortune. FIFA investigated, but ultimately dropped the case. Its reasons for doing so were anything but transparent. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Buying Time: The Scramble for Fresh Capital in Professional Football

Buying Time: The Scramble for Fresh Capital in Professional Football

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2018

Representatives of private banks and investors regularly come knocking on football clubs' doors like traveling salesmen, because even some of the largest European teams frequently find themselves short on cash. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom

Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2018

In 2011, a Russian billionaire set out to rescue the ailing AS Monaco football club. He invested in top players and invited government, police and justice officials to matches. He handed out both gifts and jobs. Last week, however, Dmitry Rybolovlev was charged with corruption. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Double Agents: A Handy Tax Trick Used By Agents and Players

Double Agents: A Handy Tax Trick Used By Agents and Players

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2018

For years, England's Premier League clubs have been using the same trick to avoid tax payments. But tax authorities are starting to pursue the cases -- and German star player Michael Ballack and agent José Mourinho have both attracted their attention. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]