Nearly 300 Africans and South-Americans to date started to play football in the European leagues when they were under 18 years old. They arrive primarily from the former European colonies such as Guinea-Bissau, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Senegal or Nigeria. FIFA prohibits the transfer of minors, but there are many exceptions.
“I thought that getting to Europe was like reaching the sky. The notion I had was that people there have everything. That they didn’t need to try, they didn’t have to do anything.”