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 ]

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 ]


Bratwurst and Beer: German Football Struggles to Keep Up with Premier League Glitz

Bratwurst and Beer: German Football Struggles to Keep Up with Premier League Glitz

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2019

Ahead of the Champions League matches between English and German teams, experts are gushing about the fantastic talent and marketing potential of the Premier League clubs. But why? The Bundesliga has much more to offer than just entertainment. By Hendrik Buchheister, Rafael Buschmann, Gerhard Pfeil, Christoph Winterbach and Michael Wulzinger more... Comment ]

Trophy Trouble: The Dark Side of Doing Business in Qatar

Trophy Trouble: The Dark Side of Doing Business in Qatar

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 25, 2019

When Qatar almost had to open the 2015 World Handball Championship before the trophy had been made, an entrepreneur stepped in to help the emir and the country save face. Rather than getting paid, his life turned into a living hell. By Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch and Jörg Schmitt more... Comment ]


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...

'Considerable Danger': A Growing Workload for Alpine Mountain Rescuers

'Considerable Danger': A Growing Workload for Alpine Mountain Rescuers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2019

The quest for mountain adventures is constantly growing -- sometimes becoming so irresistible that tourists ignore weather and avalanche warnings. Mountain rescuers risk their lives to save them, but they often only return with dead bodies. By Gerhard Pfeil 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 ]

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 ]