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In Portuguese Arrests, Suspicions of Dirty Russian Money and European Soccer

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There's a reason you've never heard of the Portuguese soccer club Uniao de Leiria.
 
After climbing to the upper rankings of the national first division a decade ago, the team spiraled downward, dropping to the second division and struggling to pay its bills and players' wages. In one match, it managed to field only eight of 11 players. Two years ago, it slipped into bankruptcy.
 
In July, the club, located in the western city of Leiria about midway between Lisbon and Porto, appeared to have found a savior: a Russian businessman who ran a Moscow agency that represented aspiring Russian players. With an influx of fresh-faced Russian recruits and new investments, the club rose this week to the top of its sub-group in the third division and was on its way up to the second.
 

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