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World Football - Football in a war zone

Maccabi Tel Aviv defender Omer Vered on playing football during the Israel-Gaza conflict

Maccabi Tel Aviv defender Omer Vered talks about playing and training amidst rocket attacks from Hamas.

Behind the scenes of Belgium’s so-called Golden Generation there are deep divisions. Firstly, unease about the selection of Ilonga Mboyo who was convicted for 8 years for his part in a gang rape. There are also wider political tensions between the Flemish and the French speaking Walloons. There are even calls for the country to be divided into two parts. Among others we speak to the Belgian captain Vincent Kompany who tells us why he supported the call-up of a convicted rapist.

We investigate the issue of age cheating in football. In the recent AFC Under 19 tournament Syria were accused of fielding over-age players. We speak to John Boultbee of the Australian Football Federation who describes age cheating as 'endemic'.

The former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade are in crisis and more than 60 million euro in debt. Red Star legend Dragan Dzajic, has been drafted in to help sort out the mess, however Dzajic was recently on trial for embezzlement. We hear from Red Star spokesman Milan Boskovic.

  • Broadcast on BBC World Service, 2:32AM Sat, 24 Nov 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC World Service, 3:32PM Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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  • Duration 25 minutes

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