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How Soccer Fans and Violence Mix in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Among soccer fans worldwide, Argentina's "barras bravas," Italian "ultras," and British hooligans are the fan groups best known for perpetrating violence. However,...
Alleged Argentine Narco Patricio Gorosito
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The ‘White Charcoal’ Trial and the Evolution of Argentina’s Drug Trade

Argentina is preparing for one of the biggest drug trafficking trials in its history, and the tangled web of corruption, business and soccer that has already been...
Several El Salvador players accused of match fixing
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Charges Against El Salvador Soccer Players Dismissed

An El Salvador judge has exonerated several former players from the country’s national soccer team of money laundering charges even though they apparently accepted...
Four of the 11 accused soccer players
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Proceedings Begin in El Salvador Soccer Match Fixing Scandal

Judicial proceedings have begun in the case of eleven former soccer players from El Salvador's national team who stand accused of accepting money to fix matches,...
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Scale of Anti-Money Laundering Raid a Novelty in Argentina

Authorities in Argentina have conducted multiple raids against a group suspected of laundering massive proceeds earned from trafficking cocaine to Europe; a...
Members of Uruguayan "barras bravas"
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Uruguay Soccer Clubs Involved in Drug Trafficking: Police

Police in Uruguay have evidence that more than 400 people -- among them members of soccer fan clubs, soccer team directors, and at least one politician -- are...
The Heredia Jaguars' stadium in Peten
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How a Good Soccer Team Gives Criminals Space to Operate

Local soccer teams give criminal groups in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America the ability to launder proceeds, evade taxes, and accumulate enough...
Manaus will host England and the USA in the World Cup
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Soccer and Security in Brazil: Organized Crime in Manaus

Both the England and United States soccer teams are set to play World Cup matches in the steamy Amazon city of Manaus in north Brazil, where two notorious drug...
Banner hung by River Plate barra brava
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Violence, Power, Soccer and Drugs: Argentina’s Barras Bravas

They have been labelled the most violent and dangerous fans in Latin America, if not the world. In Argentina, an organized network of fan-run gangs known as "barras...
Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi
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The Messi Scandal: From Charity Soccer to Money Laundering Accusations

Come the start of the World Cup in June, soccer fans in Argentina will be investing their hopes and dreams in the astonishing talents of their iconic striker Lionel...
Pele (left) with his son Edinho (right)
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Son of Brazil Soccer Legend Pele Laundered Drug Money

The son of retired Brazilian soccer star Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for the laundering of drug proceeds, becoming the latest criminal to take...
Pablo Escobar was closely tied to his favorite team
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10 Ways Soccer and Organized Crime Mix in Latin America

Soccer has long been a unifying force in Latin America. When the World Cup begins on June 12, televisions in homes across the region will be tuned to the matches....