Football Leaks revelations: the first week in summary
Football Leaks is the largest leak in the history of sport - 1.9 Terabytes of information and a total of 18.6 million documents. Over 60 journalists in 12 countries are involved in the project, working for over seven months to reveal corruption among top officials, clubs, agents and players. The project also investigates those behind the scenes and the dirty deals that turn the beautiful game into an industry that extracts millions in cash.
We reveal how agents, intermediaries and club officials are perverting sporting ethics and tax regulations to maximise their access to the riches generated from football, at the expense of the quality of the game, the development of talent and the wishes of the fans.
A Spanish judge tried to stop these stories from publication, first in Spain and then across the entire Europe, in a decision seen by Reporters Without Borders as “an attempt to censor on a continental scale”.
Below some of the most important stories published during last week. Pick your language of choice from the stories listed bellow, we'll update the list during the next weeks.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his hidden millions
One of the greatest footballers then game has ever known - Cristiano Ronaldo - diverted 63.5 million into a tax haven of the British Virgin Islands at the end of 2014 - saving him around 35 million Euro from the taxman.
How Mourinho's earnings moved between offshore havens
Superstar agent Jorge Mendes: the architect of the tax plans
Arsenal cannot buy Roberto Firmino from Liverpool for "98 million Euro - or more"
Most obscure and puzzling clauses from contracts of players
Whistleblower "John" shared 1.9 terabytes of football secrets
The story of the source of the football whistleblower John - and how he shared his data with Der Spiegel
Agent Michael Laudrup recieved millions for transfers
Former Danish international and coach Michael Laudrup earned millons in transfers during his time as coach at Welsh club Swansea City
Romanian legend Hagi in missing million Euro transfer scandal with teenage player
Ex-midfielder for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Galatasary can't explain one million consultancy fee to "invisible" firm
Mesut Özil in Spanish tax authority probe
The Spanish tax authorities have investigated German international Mesut Özil for one and a half years - and ordered him to pay millions
The Argentinian connection
PSG stars Di Maria and Pastore connected to the Argentinian football mafia
Work related to this project has been published in 13 different languages: Croatian (Nacional), Danish (Politiken), Dutch (NRC), English (The Sunday Times and The Black Sea), French (Mediapart and Le Soir), German (Spiegel and Falter), Italian (L'Espresso), Portugese (Expresso), Romanian (CRJI and Gazeta Sporturilor), Serbian (Newsweek Serbia), Spanish (El Mundo), Slovene (Planet TV) and Turkish (The Black Sea).
There is no central package of articles in English. To see all articles published so far, visit the project page.