Eritrea's National Soccer Team, the World Leader in Defections

Eritrean national football team players pose on Dec. 1, 2012 before a match against the Rwandan national team at the Namboole International Stadium in Kampala Photograph by AFP via Getty Images

With the World Cup set to kick off in Brazil, soccer officials in Eritrea are trying to build a national team from scratch. It’s a process that takes place almost every year, because players from the tiny East African nation keep running away en masse. More than 50 member of the Eritrean soccer team have defected in the past five years alone.

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