With his blond hair, blue eyes and towering frame -- not to mention a thick Saxon accent -- Marcel Franke was a surprise call-up for the national soccer team of Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia.
By any measure, this Portuguese-speaking, half-island nation in the Indonesian archipelago is a long way from Franke's native Germany. Even with improved scouting networks picking up all sorts of gems, the appearance of his name was a bit jarring. Yet according to an online team roster sheet leaked ahead of two World Cup qualifiers in late 2015, Franke was being readied to debut for the country.
The only problem? It was all fake.
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