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Football Leaks Why FC Chelsea Parked a Young Player in Cologne

Why did the 14-year-old football prodigy Thierno Ballo transfer from Bayer Leverkusen to the amateur club Viktoria Köln? He was apparently parked there as part of a contract with FC Chelsea.
FC Chelsea player Thierno Ballo

FC Chelsea player Thierno Ballo

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Ballo may have been transferred to FC Chelsea in violation of existing regulations.

Ballo may have been transferred to FC Chelsea in violation of existing regulations.

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The way it has been told until now, Thierno Ballo's story sounds like a football fairy tale.

The way it has been told until now, Thierno Ballo's story sounds like a football fairy tale.

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Originally from the Ivory Coast, Ballo turned heads early on the pitch.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Ballo turned heads early on the pitch.

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