Monthly Archives: July 2006

Soccer dreams and reality

In Africa, football can be a way out of poverty

By KATRIN BENNHOLD, Photo credit: Polfoto

Unfortunately, many young players are exploited by unscrupulous agents and end up in slave-like conditions in rich European clubs.

PARIS (July 11, 2006) – FAR FROM the festive atmosphere of the World Cup, the race for cheap muscle and talent in Europe’s lucrative soccer industry has created yet another wrinkle in the immigration debate: Every year thousands of school-age boys from Africa and Latin America are lured to Europe by dubious agents hawking dreams of glory and wealth. Continue reading

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Stadium’s funding worthy of red card

Spend cash on kids, not millionaires

By DAVE PERKINS*

OUR three levels of government feel obliged to drum up a photo op to illustrate that they have honoured their commitments to building Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s cash-grab soccer stadium on the CNE grounds.

It’s just another layer of BS around a wasteful and unnecessary project. Continue reading

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