Many athletes become famous as soon as they join a team. However, the stories of these men became known because, they went from being high-performance soccer players to belonging to groups outside the law.
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Trabelsi was born on July 2, 1970 in the Tunisian Republic, North Africa. He was a player for some German and Belgian teams like Fortuna Dusseldorf, Wuppertaler SV and some other minor league teams, during the 90's.
However, at the end of the decade, Trabelsi would have traveled to Afghanistan to meet with Osama bin Laden on several occasions, since they shared political ideologies.
By 2001, Trabelsi already had an apparent association with Al Qaeda and, in fact, was suspected of plotting to attack an American embassy in Paris where he was allegedly the man who would carry the concealed bomb strapped to your body.
After several investigations,The former soccer player was convicted of terrorism in 2003 and sentenced to ten years in prison in Belgium for “conspiring to attack US targets.”
Among these, it was also included, as reported at the time by the local newspaper 'The Brussels Times', the alleged planning of an attack on the Belgian air base 'Kleine Brogel Air Base' where American soldiers and a alleged planning of a terrorist attack that ended up being the Twin Towers in New York, United States.
However, when he served his ten-year sentence in Belgium he was extradited to the United States, where he was placed in a Washington jail awaiting trial.
Nizar Trabelsi, el futbolista que se volvió terrorista pic.twitter.com/bH4H6MB2cL
— Rafa Uribe (@Rafaael_Urib) March 28, 2016
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he was born into a family with Turkish descent in 1987 in Wuppertal, Germany, and from a very young age he showed great talent in the football.
By the time he was less than 16 years old he was already participating in big clubs representing Germany in under-17 tournaments and although he was a great promise and played with footballers who have reached high-performance clubs, Karan took a different route.
The last coach he had spoke to the British outlet 'The Guardian' and commented that “Burak certainly had a lot of talent. […] There was absolutely no indication at the time that he would radicalise. He had the same goal in life as all the other kids around him: to become a professional soccer player”.
In 2008, at just 20 years old, he quit football and allegedly joined an extremist group who he apparently hooked up with when he was in his local town.
Ex German footballer Burak Karan gave up football aged 20 to join Islamist fighters. He died in Syria in 2013 pic.twitter.com/WBI6tSRCrF
— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) April 20, 2015
Rumors of this were given by a YouTube video where Karan can be seen for a moment with a machine gun in his hand. In addition, as reported by 'The Guardian', messages that were under the video stated that Karan “left home to fight for the sake of Allah against the injustice of Bashar al-Assad.”
Despite this and the fact that his body was found dead in 2013, when he was only 25 years old, due to an airstrike in Azaz, a city in Syria, his brothers and Parents affirm that Karan never became radicalized and that if he was there it was because he was bringing humanitarian aid to the area.
In addition, his brother Mustafa Karan told 'The Guardian' that, from what he could see, in the video that was uploaded to YouTube it seemed that someone was using his brother to send a message that he really did not want to send.
At the time of his death, teammates from the different soccer teams to which he belonged commented on social networks about the pain of his loss and They ratified that, regardless of the path the former soccer player might have taken, he had been a great person.
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He played in the Moroccan national futsal team and his performance was even such that he participated in the World Cup 2012 on behalf of his country, Morocco.
However, Halawa lived in Tetouan, in the north of Morocco, an area that, apparently and according to the media outlet 'ABC de España', had a lot of movement in terms of groups that supported the Islamic State and used to recruit volunteers.
— Terrormonitor.com (@Terror_Monitor) August 8, 2015
In 2015, relatives of the former soccer player confirmed to a local media outlet that Halawa had joined Daesh (a terrorist organization Islamic State, by its acronym in Arabic).
From that moment any type of information about the former soccer player has been almost impossible to obtain for the media.
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He was born in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1973 and was part of important Spanish teams such as SD Eibar, Real Unión de Irún and the Real Sociedad de Fútbol.
Since he was part of the clubs, it was known that Sarriegi, who was also a lawyer, had beliefs very close to the nationalist left.
In fact, he came to defend the prisoners of the ' Euskadi Ta Askatasuna', a Basque terrorist organization that sought the creation of an independent State from Spain.
However, his most direct relationship with terrorism was until 2010 when, together with other lawyers who followed the same ideology, was arrested for allegedly collaborating with an armed gang in the midst of an anti-terrorist operation.
By the end of that same year, the judge decided to release him on bail, along with the other lawyers.
🗒️ Iker Sarriegi llegó a la Real Sociedad tras destacar en el Eibar (1997).
1⃣ Disputó un solo partido en Primera División, en casa del Mérida.
❌ Las lesiones de rodilla le obligaron a retirarse del fútbol con 26 años. pic.twitter.com/mUMJPjFgWb
— Fútbol Carroza (@FutbolCarroza) November 26, 2021
In 2013, the soccer player Mohamed Aboutrika was included by a court jail in Cairo on the country's terrorist list, since he was accused of, apparently, financially supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that Egypt has considered as terrorist.
What it means to be on this list is that the person is prohibited from leaving the country, since must be available at any time in case a declaration is required.
The man was, at the time, a renowned Egyptian footballer, a top scorer in the 2006 Club World Cup in Japan, a double African champion in 2006 and 2008, and was even chosen by the 'BBC' media as the 'Best player in Africa' in that same year.
Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008 was yellow carded for standing in solidarity with Palestine. He was later warned by CAF for mixing politics and football.#nuclearwar#RussiaUkraine pic.twitter.com/eUUh2BccdP
— Shakir Hussain (@Shakirukasa) March 1, 2022
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According to what 'BBC' reports, the footballer did make his support for Mohamed Morsi public at the time, an alleged member of the group that became Egypt's only democratically elected president, but was later ousted in a coup.
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