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Religione giallonera: il Borussia è il miracolo tedesco
Storia di una squadra sopravvissuta alla Chiesa, al nazismo e a due fallimenti economici

E dire che il prete della parrocchia locale non voleva nemmeno che nascesse, il Borussia Dortmund. Prussia Renana, inizi del Novecento. Il Fussball si sta diffondendo anche qui, in quella che diventerà la provincia operaia tedesca per eccellenza e che darà vita anche a un altro club storico, lo Schalke 04. Alcuni ragazzi giocano in una squadra gestita dalla chiesa della zona, ma sono scontenti, vogliono fondare una formazione tutta nuova. Si ritrovano in una taverna cittadina e chiamano la squadra con il nome Borussia, versione latina di Prussia, respingendo il tentativo di padre Dewald di bloccare la prima, storica riunione del club. E’ il 19 dicembre 1909: sempre a dicembre, ma del 1997, il Borussia Dortmund diventerà campione del mondo in Giappone grazie a un tecnico italiano, Nevio Scala.…

Chi è Uli Hoeneß, il presidente del Bayern Monaco condannato per frode fiscale

13 marzo 2014

Il 13 marzo il presidente del Bayern Monaco, Uli Hoeneß, è stato condannato a tre anni e mezzo di prigione per frode fiscale. Secondo la ricostruzione pubblicata da Libération, Hoeneß, che nel 2001 rischiava la bancarotta a causa dello scoppio della bolla speculativa, si era fatto prestare 25 milioni di marchi dal suo amico Robert Louis-Dreyfus, allora amministratore dell’Adidas, e li aveva nascosti su un conto in Svizzera per usarli per giocare in borsa. Tra il 2003 e il 2010 avrebbe realizzato circa 30 milioni di euro di guadagni, ma avendo perso molto denaro in altre speculazioni avrebbe dovuto versare al fisco tedesco soltanto 3,5 milioni di euro.

Dal 2008 in Germania chi evade le tasse per oltre un milione di euro rischia la prigione, ma Hoeneß sperava di regolarizzare la sua posizione grazie all’accordo Rubik sul rientro dei capital…

Uli Hoeness, boss of superclub Bayern Munich, could face jail

Wednesday, Oct 7th 2015
Football legend Uli Hoeness, boss of superclub Bayern Munich, could face jail as he stands trial accused of tax evasion after stashing millions in a Swiss bank accountHoeness could face mammoth fine in a case which has riveted GermanyGermany has cracked down hard on revenue cheats in recent yearsHoeness is president of Germany's richest and most successful clubHe turned himself into the taxman a year ago hoping for leniency
By Allan Hall for MailOnline

Published: 14:27 GMT, 9 March 2014 | Updated: 15:09 GMT, 9 March 2014

German footballing legend Uli Hoeness - boss of European superclub Bayern Munich - goes on trial on Monday accused of stashing millions of pounds in undeclared bank accounts in Switzerland.

Hoeness could face jail as well as a mammoth fine on tax evasion charges in a case that has riveted the nation.

Germany has cracked down hard on revenue cheats in recent years, many of them caught through bank whistleblowers who sold stolen bank compute…

Uli Hoeness - a fallen role model

Uli Hoeness withheld millions from the state, fueling debate in Germany. The case played a major role in Germany's federal elections in 2013. Now he has been sentenced to three years and six months in jail.

Bayern Munich boss Uli Hoeness admitted his own wrongdoing in January 2013 - by filing an amended tax return that showed he avoided paying taxes by means of a Swiss bank account. On Thursday, his trial came to an end. Hoeness turning himself in did not prevent him from receiving a prison sentence , the judge said, because not all information was put on the table from the beginning. In total, Hoeness evaded 28.4 million euros ($39 million) in taxes, according to the court.

The case had drawn so much attention because Hoeness played on the German national team and was president of Germany's most successful soccer club - making him one of the most powerful sports figures in the country. The 61-year-old has had a…

The rise and fall of Uli Hoeness - Bayern president will not appeal sentence
Keir Radnedge
March 14, 2014


Uli Hoeness reached the very pinnacle of German football, but now he faces spending the next three and half years in jail.

Uli Hoeness has decided not to appeal against his three and a half year prison sentence for tax evasion and has offered his definitive resignation as president of Bayern Munich.

Initially, after the sentence delivered yesterday by Judge Rupert Heindl, the 64-year-old defence team had claimed the right to appeal. However Hoeness said today that, after discussions with his family, he felt the only responsible action was to accept to sentence and also to step down from his positions with the world, European and German champions.

At the heart of the sentence issue was the size of the tax debt run up by Hoeness through his stock market activity via a Swiss bank account. Heindl indicated he estimat…

To be a man...: Has life played its last cruel card on Odartey Lamptey?

Nov 29, 2013 11:38:00

The former Ghana international has suffered one misfortune after another in his 38-year-old life, and Goal wonders if his latest could prove his worst yet

By Sammie Frimpong

Mention a man toughened by abrasive adversity and the harsh realities of life, and Nii Odartey Lamptey readily comes to mind.

From childhood through his existence as a man and a footballer, Odartey has always received little change from the people he has trusted and expected most from. Disappointments and exploitation by those dearest to his heart has largely been the story of his life.

As a child, Lamptey was raised amidst turbulence. His father, a hopeless alcoholic, regularly beat him, even burning young Lamptey with red-hot cigarette butts whenever he felt like it. Consequently, Lamptey would often spend nights away from home. When aged just eight, his parents spli…

“We put our own money into Nissan Classic to pay the bills”


Pat McQuaid with Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche at the Nissan Classic; a race the former UCI president was instrumental in developing and running from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s (Photo: John Pierce – PhotoSport International)
By Brian Canty
October 7th, 2015
One of the two men responsible for bringing the Nissan International Classic to Ireland in the mid-1980s has said the event changed the face of Irish cycling forever.
Pat McQuaid, along with fellow race director Alan Rushton, succeeded in bringing 18 teams to Ireland for the stage race event which saw many of the world’s top riders take part.
Among those on the start line for that first stage from Trinity College, Dublin, to Wexford were Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche as well as former World champion Hennie Kuiper and one of Kelly’s big rivals in the classics and the sprints, Dutchman Adri van der Poel.
One man who was gutted to mis…