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When Saturday Comes magazine features Mission 89 in its latest issue: “Everybody in the game knows on some level about the illegal movement of players from Africa to Europe.”

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Iconic British magazine When Saturday Comes – which for  many years has covered aspects of football around the world that are neglected elsewhere in the media – focuses on the work of Mission 89 and the issue of trafficking players from Africa to Europe in its latest issue. We  reproduce the story here but you […]

mission 89 in the media

Mission 89 & New York City photography exhibition highlights football trafficking issues

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Mission 89 is honored to support the work of photographer Jason Andrew and his ‘Black Diamonds’ project. Jason has an installation based on ‘Black Diamonds’ at the Spring/Break Art Show in New York City from March 6 to March 12. The exhibition features artists responding to the theme ‘Stranger Comes to Town’. ‘Black Diamonds’ documents […]

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Social Media Internship/Volunteer The Social Media Intern is responsible for coordinating and executing the company’s social media strategy, working across key social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and the organisation’s website. This role offers the intern immersion into a start-up non-profit organisation and the successful candidate will work closely with key board members and […]

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“The toughest human beings I have encountered”: Photographer Jason Andrew and the Black Diamonds project (part two)

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In the second part of our interview with photographer Jason Andrew on his “Black Diamonds” project, he reveals some of the personal struggles the players went through and the complex nature of the international movement of young players – especially from regions of the world experiencing economic challenges. The “Black Diamonds” project began in 2010 […]

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Mission 89 calls for strict enforcement of transfer regulations following allegations against Chelsea FC

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Allegations against Chelsea Football Club that it has broken FIFA rules by allegedly signing 25 foreign players under the age of 18 must be taken seriously, according to Mission 89. The report, published in The Guardian, reveals an investigation carried out by the compliance unit of FIFA’s transfer matching system flagged 25 player cases in which […]

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Abandoned and alone: Photographer Jason Andrew reveals the lives of scammed African football players in Istanbul

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Photographer Jason Andrew grew up in California, USA, and taught at an elementary school for four years before studying photography. He has since been published in Time, the Financial Times, the New Yorker, and the British Journal of Photography, among others. In 2010, Andrew traveled to Istanbul in Turkey where he met aspiring footballers from […]

mission 89 in the media

LISTEN: How Mission 89 is working to reveal “football’s dirty little secret” in this interview with Football Nation Radio

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Football has a dirty little secret: the movement of players from Africa to Europe and Asia. It is a complex issue that involves exploitation of young athletes and at its worst examples is defined as human trafficking. Just like a typical football match there are many forces in play and many individuals with specific roles […]