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23 October 2014

The first goal is yourself

"They say that if you want to change the world, start with yourself and the rest of the world will soon follow.  And time and time again I have witnessed how players have managed to transform their own lives and then change other people's lives, as if there is some kind of multiplication effect which continues to gather momentum."  Mel Young

(From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)

by Peter Barr

23 October 2014

Seeing is believing

Overheard at the Homeless World Cup (every year):

"They do not look like homeless people."

"What do homeless people look like?"

(From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)

by Peter Barr

23 October 2014

At any moment...

“Sometimes, when I sit and watch the soccer, I forget just like everyone else that these are homeless people playing for their country. Maybe just a few weeks before, they were homeless and hopeless, and now they're being cheered on by crowds of spectators as if they are sports stars. But we must not forget that homelessness is one of the world's greatest problems and for many people, just like these players, it is not far away.  At any moment, millions of people could find themselves homeless for millions of reasons. Just a few metres away from this stadium, there are homeless people struggling to survive on the streets.”

(From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)

by Peter Barr

23 October 2014

The power of football

French soccer legend – and anti-homelessness campaigner – Eric Cantona has been one of the greatest supporters of the Homeless World Cup. He first got involved in Denmark in 2007, when he “discovered” our ambassador, Michelle da Silva – a Brazilian player who has since represented her country at senior level.  

Cantona said: “Football unites; it inspires and it energises individuals, communities and the world.  Football and the Homeless World Cup has the power to fire up a person to excel as a human being, to change their lives for the better.  It is fantastic that football brings this opportunity to their lives.” (From A ball can change the world: The story of the Homeless World Cup)

by Peter Barr

21 October 2014

From a refugee to a footballer

Team Bosnia & Herzegovina are among the 42 nations taking part in this year’s Homeless World Cup in Santiago competing in the twelfth year of the street soccer tournament which started on Sunday, October 19 with the finals taking place on the Sunday, October 26.

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21 October 2014

From Scotland to Chile

Two-time winners of the Homeless World Cup Scotland are currently in Santiago competing in the 2014 edition of the tournament with the finals taking place on the Sunday, October 26. The team is composed entirely of homeless players.

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20 October 2014

Match Report: Portugal vs Italy

The Portuguese team were proudly wearing their new football kit today for a match against Italy. The kit has been provided by global sports manufacturer Adidas and Benfica, the Portuguese giant, to celebrate their partnership with the team Portugal.

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20 October 2014

It’s all action now!

Homeless World Cup has gone into its first whole day of live footballing action. Kicking off at a slightly later time of 1.30 after a special welcome from the Santiago Mayor, Claudio Arrego.

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20 October 2014

To Move from Darkness into Light

It brings us to tears. Mel Young's opening remarks were as reflective and insightful as the parade of players representing football as a light of hope, strength and real positive change that eagerly listened in at the 2014 Homeless World Cup. To all who wish they could hear those words again and share them with their friends, family and everyone they know, look no further.

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A ball can change the world

The vision of the Homeless World Cup is to use the power of football to transform the lives of homeless people in countries all over the world. And that vision is becoming a reality in 70 countries - involving hundreds of thousands of people since 2003.

Santiago is the culmination of 12 months' work: 54 teams from around the world play 350 fast-paced games for 7 trophies, supported by millions of fans. Watch live online, catch up on fixtures and results, see what the world is saying - and don't forget to tweet your support to #HWCSUPPORTER.

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