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Why African football players are highly prized – and easily discarded

An increasing number of young, talented footballers are coming to Europe from Africa. They dream of a career in European sport. The professional football industry is competitive and can be ruthless.

Players who have traveled from Africa are often discarded by clubs and agents and left to fend for themselves with no legal documentation. Without the support of family, friends, and a legitimate agent, they have to find a way to survive in Europe.

This story from German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (in English) explains why European clubs value young players from Africa and how agents can misrepresent the opportunities available.



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