Escalating Tension: Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy

Escalating Tension Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy

Russia is adopting a new tactic in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine by cutting off the latter's access to its important ports in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tried to use the situation to his own advantage -- without much success. By Christian Esch 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

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

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 ]

Interview with Suspected 9/11 Recruiter: 'I Didn't Know Anything, With God As My Witness.'

Interview with Suspected 9/11 Recruiter 'I Didn't Know Anything, With God As My Witness.'

German national Mohammed Haydar Zammar has known them all: Osama bin Laden, the Hamburg terror cell that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and members of Islamic State. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he speaks for the first time with journalists inside a Kurdish prison. Interview Conducted by Syara Kareb, Andreas Lünser, Christoph Reuter and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]


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

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

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

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 ]


A Worn Out Welcome: Ecuadorian Embassy Sours on Julian Assange

A Worn Out Welcome Ecuadorian Embassy Sours on Julian Assange

In 2012, Julian Assange was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Today, even as he faces the threat of a possible U.S. indictment, the new Ecuadorian leadership would like to get rid of their guest. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

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

Transfer Shenanigans What FIFA Means When It Says 'Transparency'

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

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

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 ]