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The lost diamond

European trafficking of young football players from Africa

Reviewed by MARIA SUURBALLE

Den Forsvunne Diamanten by Lars Backe Madsen and Jens M. Johansson

Greedy agents, bungling with contracts, allegations of kidnapping and threats of life: all ingredients in a drama from real life, in the middle of which stands the now 21-year-old Nigerian football player John Obi Mikel. He is the main character in one of the most intricate cases of transfer of players in International football history, and his travel from Nigeria to Chelsea is described in a new book, Den Forsvunne Diamanten (The lost Diamond) by Norwegian Journalists Lars Backe Madsen and Jens M. Johansson. Continue reading

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