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Soccer made in Africa – more than just a game

Soccer is cool. Soccer is fun. But in the poorest areas, it is sometimes the only hope for a better life. And it can have dramatic consequences when ill-intentioned people try to take advantage of these dreams.

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In almost every corner of Africa, you will find youngsters glued to a radio or TV set, watching the latest football matches. The soccer fields across the continent are covered with young enthusiastic players sporting the jerseys of their Barcelona or Manchester United heroes. With the first ever soccer World Cup on African soil just around the corner, Africa is without a doubt, gripped by soccer mania.

All over Africa, people look up to their football heroes around the world and think: If Drogba, Eto'o and Essien have made it, why couldn't I?

Chedede, Jonathan and Safina, the young protagonists of our radio drama, come from different social backgrounds, but they all share the same ambitious dream: to become the best soccer players in the world.

Join them on their difficult journey and find out if they succeed. Many are called, but few are chosen. And even the most beautiful game is not free from corruption, power struggles and greed.


Learning by Ear is available in six languages: English, Kiswahili, French, Hausa, Portuguese and Amharic. It is supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

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