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Buying Time: The Scramble for Fresh Capital in Professional Football (Fr, 16 Nov 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
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Rybolovlev's Rules: A Russian Billionaire's Monaco Fiefdom (Fri, 16 Nov 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
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The Brewing Storm: Chaos Erupts in London Over Brexit Deal (Fri, 16 Nov 2018)
Some 874 days after the Brexit referendum, Theresa May has reached a deal with the European Union to prevent a hard exit from the bloc. But events of recent days make clear that months of drama in Brussels pales in comparison to the one unfolding in London now.
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Double Agents: A Handy Tax Trick Used By Agents and Players (Wed, 14 Nov 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
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Moscow Meddling: The Forgotten War in Eastern Ukraine (Wed, 14 Nov 2018)
Russia is making little effort to disguise its leadership role in the self-proclaimed people's republics in eastern Ukraine. Putin needs the regions to blackmail Kiev.
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The Disappeared: An Inside Look at China's Reeducation Camps (Tue, 13 Nov 2018)
A million Muslims are being held in reeducation camps in northwestern China, where they are forced to learn Mandarin and sing communist songs. Ex-prisoners who have escaped across the border to Kazakhstan talk about their imprisonment.
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Carlos Tévez in Manchester: A Dubious Transfer Deal Gone Sour (Tue, 13 Nov 2018)
Carlos Tévez was one of the first superstars signed by Manchester City's new owners from Abu Dhabi in 2009. The transfer fee was paid to a dubious company located in a tax haven. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Venture Capital: How Clubs Profit By Exploiting Young African Talent (Fri, 09 Nov 2018)
Manchester City invests millions in an African football academy. But very few of its attendees make the jump to Europe. Those that do are treated like commodities.
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Interview with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn: 'We Can't Stop Brexit' (Fri, 09 Nov 2018)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn believes that politics have left young people behind. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he speaks about Brexit, the crisis of social democracy in Europe and the uphill battle to unite his party.
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Pinhas Zahavi: Inside the World of a Powerful Football Agent (Fri, 09 Nov 2018)
Football agent Pinhas Zahavi sought to free Robert Lewandowski from his contract with Bayern Munich this summer. The Israeli is one of the most influential professionals in the business. He brought Neymar to Paris, but was also involved in murky deals with underage players.
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Making Space Affordable: The Bargain-Basement Rocket-Launch Bin (Fri, 09 Nov 2018)
In an interview, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck discusses his company's ambitious plans to tap the growing market for transporting satellites into space. He sees a bright future for his company and its launch pad in New Zealand.
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Crumbling Currency: Yemen Slides into the Horrors of Famine (Fri, 09 Nov 2018)
War-torn Yemen is experiencing the disastrous collapse of its currency. Food, fuel, medication and clean water is becoming astronomically expensive. The result is a looming famine that could become one of the biggest ever.
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A New Start for Germany: Time for Merkel to Say Goodbye (Thu, 08 Nov 2018)
Angela Merkel recently announced she would step down as chair of the Christian Democratic Union but would remain chancellor. The decision doesn't go far enough. It is time to let Germany make a new start.
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After Angela: The Beginning of the Post-Merkel Era (Thu, 08 Nov 2018)
Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she would step down as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union has opened up a race for power that could define the future of the conservative party and the country. New elections could be next.
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Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 4: A Global Empire (Thu, 08 Nov 2018)
It's football capitalism in its purest form: Manchester City pays exorbitant salaries and turns a profit, while the City Football Group controls affiliates on all continents. Executives even used an Arab club for secret payments to the man who is now the coach of Italy's national team. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Financial Fair Play: 'It's Rude' (Wed, 07 Nov 2018)
Football finance expert Rob Wilson explains in an interview why the recent revelations about Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are problematic -- and why a Super League seems more and more likely.
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Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 3: Recruiting Pep Guardiola (Wed, 07 Nov 2018)
The powerful men behind Manchester City don't just show up in the stadium, they also make appearances on the global political stage. Control is their top priority. They managed to lure star trainer Pep Guardiola away from FC Bayern almost a year before he took over Man City. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Kylian Mbappé: It's Raining Money for This Football Wunderkind (Wed, 07 Nov 2018)
Never before has a 19-year-old earned more at Paris Saint-Germain than Kylian Mbappé. Yet the club also denied numerous special requests made by the highly talented striker. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 2: The Secret 'Project Longbow' (Tue, 06 Nov 2018)
A phony, multimillion-pound deal and behind-the-scenes lobbying: Before the introduction of the new Financial Fair Play rules, Manchester City did all it could to dodge spending regulations. The club insisted to UEFA it was innocent.
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Manchester City Exposed: Chapter 1: Bending the Rules to the Tune of Millions (Mon, 05 Nov 2018)
For years now, the Manchester City football club has vehemently denied that its owner, the sheikh of Abu Dhabi, broke financial rules. But internal emails tell a different story, providing evidence of backdated contracts, illusory sponsoring payments and cavalier, "We can do what we want," business practices. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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