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Turkish trial shows soccer corruption at the top

Updated: February 13, 2013, 7:21 AM ET
Associated Press

ISTANBUL -- Turkey loves both soccer and strong men, so it's no surprise that Aziz Yildirim is a household name.

A civil engineer, Yildirim made a fortune in military contracts with the government and NATO before turning his attention to Istanbul's Fenerbahce soccer club, a perennial title contender with a vocal fan base nicknamed "the Republic of Fenerbahce."

As chairman since 1998, Yildirim built up not only the local soccer club, but also its clubs in basketball, volleyball and ...

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