José Mourinho, the British Virgin Islands and tax havens

By Michael Hajdenberg, Michel Henry, Yann Philippin

The football manager dubbed the “Special One” who is currently in charge of Manchester United hid 12 million euros in Switzerland via an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands that he controlled through a New Zealand trust. Documents from Football Leaks show that José Mourinho hid some information from the tax authorities. As Michael Hajdenberg, Michel Henry and Yann Philippin report, this could lead to potential criminal proceedings against the manager if the tax authorities decide to reopen their files. Mourinho and his advisors strongly deny any wrongdoing.

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It is never a good idea to hang around in the forests of Austria. Ask celebrated football manager José Mourinho; it was while he was there preparing his Chelsea stars for the new season that a letter from the Spanish tax landed on the desk of his lawyers on July 23rd, 2014. The letter from the Madrid tax office, the Agencia Tributaria de Madrid, did not contain good news; it announced an investigation into the manager's taxes when he trained top Spanish club Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.